Southsiders: Portrait of a Community - Update
19 August 2013


Disability activist Caroline Barr and photographer Peter Dibdin in action

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Every picture literally tells a story in Southsiders: Portrait of a Community, a photography project launching on Saturday 7 September and taking place in The Causey, online and in print until Saturday 5 October.

Over thirty people who live, work or have a connection to the city's Southside have been photographed by local photographer Peter Dibdin in locations important to them and their audio stories recorded to accompany their portraits. From a disability activist to a local lollipop lady to a professor of social and economic history, Southsiders features a diverse range of people from across the area.

Everyone is welcome to the public launch of The Causey outdoor exhibition of selected portraits taking place at 2-4pm on Saturday 7 September in the University of Edinburgh Inspace at 1 Crichton Street. The exhibition will be on display in the Causey until Saturday 5 October.

The full collection of portraits and the stories behind them will also go live on 7 September on the project's dedicated website: And there will be a chance to pick up a copy of the free special edition Southsiders newspaper capturing the portraits, stories and writing by and about Southsiders.

On the evening of Friday 4 October, there will be a public panel discussion event in the Main Hall of the Southside Community Centre. Southsiders: Portrait of a Community celebrates and discusses perceptions of the Southsider identity so this lively evening will offer an opportunity to respond to the ideas and questions raised by the project.

The project is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories programme, Foundation Scotland, The Cray Trust, the City of Edinburgh Council Business Partnerships Project and Leslie Deans & Co. In-kind support has been provided by McRobb Display, The Newspaper Club, University of Edinburgh, Laurence Smith & Son, the Living Memory Association, 56North Bar & Restaurant and Greenmantle Pub.

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