The Outset Scotland Student Circle of 2018-19 chose to sponsor Talbot Rice Gallery’s outreach activity with Crisis Scotland and the Ragged University, in total supporting five events between June 2018 and April 2019. Each event included an in-depth tour, lunch and informal discussions, reaching a total of 58 participants.
The project aimed to help those affected by homelessness or those subscribing to the free education model of the Ragged University to engage with contemporary art, in a friendly and comfortable environment. Supported by the Gallery’s Assistant Curator, James Clegg, they encouraged broad ranging discussions on socially and culturally relevant issues including: the social, political and economic dimension of borderlines; the voice of women and the history of gender inequality; art education and creative development; new media and the manipulation of images.
Reflecting a desire on the part of Outset Scotland’s student patrons to engage in activities with a direct social benefit, these events were also open to them.