What does equality mean to you? Voices of Edinburgh is a project based around photos and podcasts of the people of Edinburgh answering this question in their own words.
We ask participants to write a few words about what equality means to them on a whiteboard and then pose for a photograph. Everyone uses the same whiteboard and stands against the same backdrop. We don’t make any changes or corrections to anyone’s message, so each whiteboard shows the participants own words.
We are really proud to now have a digital and roaming exhibition packed with over 100 real voices of people of Edinburgh, and are very grateful to everyone who’s taken part so far.
This is an ongoing, growing project that we will continue to build on, creating a huge digital archive of real Voices of Edinburgh. If you would like to participate, or know someone who would, get in touch!
EaRN enables individuals, groups and organisations to work in partnership with public services with the aims of advancing equality, promoting human rights and tackling poverty and inequality in the city. Ultimately our aim is to provide a platform from which the voices of those in Edinburgh who are most affected by inequality and discrimination are heard.
As part of this project EaRN held an exhibition at Edinburgh Palette (pictured above) for two weeks in June of 2017 that featured the photographs and podcast episodes (each with an accompanying transcript) and you can listen to these podcasts and view the photos below as an online exhibition.
Our hope is that the project will continue to grow as word spreads and more of the city participate, so we will continue to add to the growing collection of photographs and podcasts episodes, and share and promote the project as widely as possible.
We asked each individual featured in our exhibition if they would like to provide some information (their name as they would like it to appear, their age, and a short description) to accompany their photograph. Providing this information was optional, however for those who have chosen to include some additional details you will find their name(s) above the photo and their age(s) and a description below. You can search for these details using the search box provided.
Our online gallery has been setup to display a photo from our collection at random. If you would like to navigate through the photographs one-by-one you can do so by clicking on a photo to open the slideshow view, or alternatively you can search for a photo using the search box provided below.
We have transcripts for each of these podcasts and you can find links to these below (beneath the audio player). On the page for each transcript you will also find a Google Translate menu in the top left of the page above the title.
- Episode 1 : Alan Dudley Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) 16:46
- Episode 2 : Amanda Heenan Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) 4:14
- Episode 3 : Brian Thompson Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) 7:36
- Episode 4 : FAZ Pilmeny Youth Group Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) 13:09
- Episode 5 : Gavin Neate (Neatebox) Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) 9:30
- Episode 6 : Get2gether Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) 3:21
- Episode 7 : Good Morning Gorgie (Health All Round) Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) 5:06
- Episode 8 : Kripa Nagarajan Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) 5:39
- Episode 9 : Linda Brown Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) 2:25
- Episode 10 : Hearing Link Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) 30:16
- Episode 11 : Ian McInnes Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) 18:02
- Episode 12 : Mandy Watt Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) 10:41
- Episode 13 : People First Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) 19:26
‘Making Of’ Film
Agnieszka Ziętak who is one of our Media Volunteers created this film using footage recorded during some of our visits to groups and organisations around the city to gather content for the exhibition.
Want to get involved?
We need you to be involved so your voices can be heard. Whether you are an individual, group, or organisation we’d love for you to be a part of our Voices of Edinburgh project and hear what equality means to you.
Feature in our photo gallery or in a podcast episode
If you would like to feature in our gallery of #MyEquality photos and/or contribute to our library of podcasts then please get in touch with us and we can arrange a suitable time for a visit. Please click here to open our contact page for details on how to get in touch.
Before we can photograph or record you we need your permission. During the visit we will provide you with a release form to complete. If you’d prefer you can complete one of these forms in advance. Please click on a link below to view and download a release form for an individual or a group:
Completed forms can be returned to us by email, posted to us, or returned by hand to our office. Please click here to open our contact page for details on how to get in touch.
Help us to promote the project
If you would like to help us promote the project and the exhibition, you will find links to social media and newsletter copy along with some graphics below. Please feel free to use these resources to help us reach as many people as possible.
Hosting our exhibition
If you are interested in exhibiting the hard-copy photos and/or podcast episodes, for example at an event you are holding, please get in touch with us and we can discuss the details further.
Photos are A2 in size in both portrait or landscape and we can provide clips with the photos for hanging. We also have large format photo books that can be used to display the photos at venues where space is limited and, for example, only a table is available.
For the podcast episodes we have four tablets supplied with headphones, along with transcripts of each episode.
Please click here to open our contact page for details on how to get in touch.
Let us know what you think
We will be adding a short feedback poll here along with some of the comments we have received on the exhibition shortly so please visit this page again for more soon.
“Excellent exhibit, great to see such wide participation and such a wide variety of views on equality in our community.”
“Great to see so many diverse voices from across Edinburgh.”
“Really great concept, very effective and inspiring in equal measures!”
“Excellent exhibition that shows the power of diversity by promoting equality! Very inspiring.”
“Very interesting and enjoyable exhibition, simple and effective presentation. Really thought-provoking and opened up good discussions with my children.”
“Needs to be seen by wider audience. An interesting selection of views, aspirations and reflections.”
“Such an interesting and lovely exhibition. To see locals’ views on equality is very touching. The comments book, podcast, selfie-station and merchandise makes it more fun and interactive. The blue background of the photos really makes the messages pop. I wish more people could see the exhibition to really get the issues across.”
“Really interesting and unique exhibition promoting equality and social inclusion. Needs to be promoted to the wider public! Great to see so many different people getting involved!”
“Great concept, wonderful photos, profound messages simply expressed.”
“Great to see Edinburgh’s diversity in action.”