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Safety Mapping

Anna Kelso, Helen O’Brien & public contributors from across Perth & Kinross

6 May - 28 May 2023


Safety Mapping
Safety Mapping
Safety Mapping
Safety Mapping
Safety Mapping
Safety Mapping

Safety Mapping exhibition showcases a series of artwork responding to the question ‘What does safety mean to you?’ In 2021 Perthshire-based artists Anna Kelso and Helen O’Brien were commissioned by local charity Gender Equality Perth to work closely with a diverse selection of community groups within Perth & Kinross, to gather insight and understanding of how individuals interact with their city environment and how their sense of safety plays a part in this. The project was officially launched during the 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women in December 2021, with workshops being held with Perth Women’s Collective, Soroptomists International Perth branch, local young people and women with experience of sexual violence. The collages and drawings created by the participants during these workshops will be exhibited at Birnam Arts during May 2023, along with a film made by Anna Kelso combining animation, images of participants’ artwork and text to represent the ideas and themes emerging from the project. Kelso’s film was first exhibited in December 2022 when it was projected on the wall of St Paul's Church and Mill Street in Perth, as part of the programme for the 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women 2022. Visitors to the Birnam Arts exhibition will also have an opportunity to respond personally with their own words and/or images relating to their ideas/experiences around safety by contributing to the participation wall.


About the artist

Anna Kelso is an artist and designer who creates conceptual illustrations with a sharp, graphic yet feminine style. She draws inspiration from music, literature, religious iconography, the psyche and weird nature. With commissions from industries as diverse as music, hospitality, performing arts as well as many private commissions she has developed a successful client-illustrator dialogue. Her work has been described as “treading the line between beautiful and unsettling in the most delicious way” (Lynne Campbell, client). At first glance, Anna’s illustrations are accessible, yet they invite the viewer to give them, and the content they support, deeper thought.

Helen O’Brien is a visual artist and maker who sees the creative potential in materials, ideas and people. Helen values the experience of hands-on making to inform and understand what she creates and sees this as an ongoing dialogue with materials and processes. This way of working also relates to her experience as an arts coordinator organising, co-curating and facilitating creative projects with children, young people and communities.

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