I hope you are well.
I am writing to you from Summerhall, based in the Former Royal Dick Vet in central Edinburgh. Summerhall is one of Europe's largest privately owned arts centres; home to 150 social enterprises, 10 exhibition spaces and 8 multi purpose performance venues. We have 1000 visitors on site daily and 250,000 during August alone.
Built over the course of a century, our architecture is Victorian, brutalist and post-modern, joining at sporadic intervals throughout the site. As a result, the building is tricky for our audiences to navigate.
For 2019, we are having a signage overhaul - making everything accessible and visually universal and we would very much like for Scottish Gaelic to be a part of that conversation in a similar way to what is seen in the Scottish Parliament building.
Summerhall does not receive any regular public funding. To that end, are there any pathways or contacts that you could share to offset the cost of such a project? We would of course be able to credit all involved and link the project to UNESCO's 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, which we think might become a prevalent theme in our Festival Fringe 2019 brochure, depending on the proposals we receive.
You can find out more about the type of work we programme here: https://www.summerhall.co.uk/summerhall-performance-programme/summerhall-festival-fringe/
Looking forward to hearing from you, and we would be more than happy to arrange a site visit if based in Edinburgh.
Please find attached a Map and Key of our site listing the signage needed.
Festival Programme Coordinator
- Category: Artistic items (posters, photos, event outlines)
- Thematic area: Cultural and Linguistic Continuity
- Call topics: Social inclusion and solidarity (e.g. recognition of sign languages)
- Major objective: Deliver capacities to take concrete actions and measures to support, access and promote indigenous languages
- Area of intervention: Integration of indigenous languages into standard-setting