Little Living Room is a collective of creatives which aims to support collaboration of people from a range of backgrounds. We aim to diversify through setting up projects that create connection between nationalities, genders, social class and age.
Art is for everyone in one form or another, we shouldn’t have to fit into or tick boxes to gain support. Arts therapy is my tool to bridge the gap between those with access to creative exploration and those who are and have been denied this opportunity. Everyone is a creative. We deserve to explore our capabilities to make sense of this world and ourselves.
We are creating a platform where collaborative writing, photography, illustration and design projects give voice to the underrepresented and establish connections that would not be possible in this increasingly polarised and ‘exclusive’ world.
I started putting this project together because I am a visual artist and writer. I always have been, but I never had the confidence to put my work out there. Until that is when my work was acknowledged, I was shortlisted for the John Byrne award. I couldn’t believe it, I cried as I read my email in disbelief. This made me feel like a writer. It made me feel as though I was enough. It is amazing how one person or panel acknowledging your capabilities can stir confidence in you. For all those who have never felt adequate or enough, we want to help build your confidence. You are enough.
With the precariousness of the pandemic and looming disconnection of Brexit, we believe that support for creatives is vital. We aim to remedy lost connection and establish new bridges between those whose voices have become, or are at risk of becoming, silenced.
Anger, so much anger and frustration at being a so called low skilled worker and working-class home is too much to bear any more. “It's just the way it is” no. I never used to be one to talk politics but lately the evident divide in our society, the lack of confidence and reach has been too much to sit back and allow. I must bridge a gap. Its time for us to trust our skills, identify what we need to learn and make our voices heard.
We are focusing on work that has come to life through collaboration. We are focusing on both national and international topics of social equity and art. As we believe in everyone’s individual voice, we want our community to focus on building each other up, listening and connecting.
Our goal is to connect creatives in a both physical and online community – an arts therapy café in Edinburgh will be our home for those close by –those in the heart of Scotland and further away - where we will run and facilitate arts therapy workshops and writing therapy workshops. Our wider community will be supported virtually and through publication, connect with us!