This exhibition was created by MECOPP and Gypsy/Travellers across Scotland.
In the Storyboards, Gypsy/Traveller contributors have used stories, poetry and photographs to describe their life experiences. This collection of Storyboards provides a wealth of fascinating detail about a much-maligned and misunderstood community. Individually and collectively they challenge the stereotypical image of Gypsy/Travellers.
In an open, honest and often humorous manner, contributors have shared their personal experiences of caring for a loved one, special memories of family members, struggles they have faced, stories from days gone by, cultural traditions and the impact that prejudice and discrimination has had on their mental health and wellbeing. Each board is a powerful and poignant reminder of the richness and diversity within the Gypsy/Traveller community but also wider Scottish society.
MECOPP (Minority Ethnic Carers of People Project) was established in 2000 and provides a range of services to minority ethnic carers and those in receipt of informal care. The Gypsy/Traveller Carers’ Project currently works in Edinburgh & the Lothians, Perth & Kinross and Mid & North Argyll. We work with Gypsy/Traveller carers of any age who live on sites, roadside camps and in housing.
Chattery – Our lives in ‘bits and bobs’
Each contributor was asked to choose a special object that could be held in your hand. Contributors chose a fascinating range of items which hold special significance for them as Gypsy/Travellers, including jewellery, certificates, china, licences and a frying pan! Chattery is a Cant word for ‘bits and bobs’. The Cant is a traditional language, originating in Sanskrit, which is still used by many Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland today.
Special thanks are due to all the Gypsy/Travellers who so kindly gave up their time and shared their memories. Without them there would be no exhibition.
Moving Minds was originally created as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, a Scotland-wide festival which uses the arts to challenge perceptions about mental health and promote wellbeing. For many contributors, participation in this creative process has already had a positive impact on wellbeing. The arts provide a unique and powerful way of engaging with issues such as identity, stigma, social justice and happiness.
We are grateful for the support of our funders – the Scottish Government, Perth and Kinross Council, NHS Lothian, and The Tudor Trust
Finally, huge thanks to Peter Ross, Emma-Jane Harrington, Kevin McKay and the ‘the four L’s’ (Lizzie Sosenko, Linzi Ferguson, Lucy Arnot and Louise Macaulay) for their enthusiasm and creativity.
For more information about this exhibition please contact:
Callum Ogden at MECOPP
Telephone: 0131 467 2994