Collective acts of reflection, remembrance, hope and healing with communities across Scotland

Scotland’s Covid Community Memorial Programme, named Remembering Together, is working with local partners to commission artists in all 32 local authority areas to co-create collective acts of reflection, remembrance, hope and healing with communities across Scotland. The programme is managed by greenspace scotland with funding support from Scottish Government.

“As we cautiously take steps towards a more normal way of life, it’s important to remember that the grief and suffering remains for those who have lost loved ones throughout the pandemic.

The Community Memorials programme will provide fitting and lasting local tributes to those who lost their lives to COVID-19 and other illnesses during the pandemic, and will support those who have experienced change, loss and isolation in other ways. I would greatly encourage artists and communities across Scotland to participate in the programme.

The programme will provide spaces that people can visit, and cherish; where people will be able to gather in person to mark the pandemic and to remember those we have lost, and pay tribute to the many ways we offered support and solidarity to one another during an extraordinary period.”

- First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

The Remembering Together website has now been launched at www.rememberingtogether.scot This will be a space to share information about the programme, current callouts for artists/creative practitioners and to access some of the learning that all those working on the project will be sharing from early 2022.

Remembering Together

Covid has touched everyone in Scotland, and across the world. Coming together now to co-create memorials gives us an opportunity to pause, to reflect and to consider all that has happened in our communities.

"Remembering Together will create space to reflect and remember all that we have experienced during the Covid pandemic, while reconnecting within our communities and inspiring hope and healing. At greenspace scotland, we feel deeply honoured that we will co-create this programme with communities, artists and partners across the country. While the memorials themselves will be important, the process of co-creating them, together, with those who have been most affected by the pandemic feels deeply meaningful. We look forward to supporting the many ways that memorial making emerges in communities across Scotland."

- Kim Simpson, Remembering Together Programme Manager

Callouts for artists/creative practitioners

The Remembering Together team have been working with programme partners across Scotland, who will soon be issuing callouts to artists/creative practitioners in all disciplines for expressions of interest in phase 1 of the programme. This is when ideas and opportunities will be developed with communities that could include gardens, physical structures, work that is digital or can exist in many locations. These ideas will be realised in phase 2 of the programme, beginning later in 2022. Visit Current Callouts — Remembering Together | Co-creating Covid Community Memorials to find out how to submit an expression of interest.

Co-creating with communities

With the support of the Remembering Together team at greenspace scotland, programme partners and their commissioned artists will actively seek to connect with those people in their communities that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic or are experiencing barriers to access and participation.

Taking a co-creation approach between artists and communities may not lead to the kinds of memorials we expect. Rather than working in community ‘consultation’, Remembering Together is a process of co-creation; the commissioned artists and the communities they work with will be able to express ideas that are important to them, in artistic and creative ways through a relevant, aware, welcoming and honest dialogue.

To find out what is happening in your area, visit In Your Area — Remembering Together | Co-creating Covid Community Memorials.

Working with national partners

An Advisory Group has been formed to provide specialist knowledge and experience in numerous disciplines including community working, equality, health and wellbeing, and includes faith groups and organisations supporting marginalised people in Scotland. Three freelance associates have also been appointed to work on Remembering Together on key aspects and outcomes of the programme, all with a wealth of expertise in co-creative work including design practice, creative learning and public art. Remembering Together Advisory Group — Remembering Together | Co-creating Covid Community Memorials

For more information about the Covid Community Memorial programme
Contact: 
Kim Simpson (Programme Manager), Carla Almeida (Project Officer), John Saich (Project Officer)


Remembering Together, Scotland’s Covid Community Memorial

Notes

  • Scotland’s Covid Community Memorial was announced by the First Minster in March 2021, on the anniversary of Scotland’s first national lockdown
  • Now named Remembering Together, the programme is being delivered by greenspace scotland and is supported with £4.1 million provided by the Scottish Government
  • Remembering Together will be managed in two phases. Phase 1 is a five-month period of co-creation in each local authority area between communities and the artists/creative practitioners selected following responses to an advertised brief. In phase 2, for up to nine months, the co-created ideas in each area will be realised in whatever way communities feel is the most appropriate for them
  • Local reference groups in each area are working with the greenspace scotland Remembering Together team to identify communities most impacted by Covid-19 and to assist with access
  • A National Advisory Group has been established to work with greenspace scotland in the delivery of Remembering Together which includes LGBT Health and Wellbeing, Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland, NHS Charities Together, Age Scotland, Diversity Scotland and others