Hidden Door launches Crowdfunder campaign to support recent graduates
Hidden Door is launching a Crowdfunder to raise £10,000 to exhibit the work of recent art graduates whose degree shows were cancelled due to COVID-19.
This year’s five day festival will take place outdoors, taking over a piece of empty land next to the Granton Gasworks from 15 – 19 September.
While covid safe, the open air venue isn’t suitable to show visual art exhibitions. Organisers have been given the opportunity to transform a nearby warehouse into a large exhibition hall, but need to raise funds to do so.
The proposed venue is big enough to allow proud parents and audience members alike to immerse themselves in the exhibition experience while also remaining covid-compliant.
The Crowdfunder will launch imminently, with supporters able to pick from a wide range of rewards including an immersive treasure hunt experience through the festival grounds, exclusive hand printed lino-cut t-shirts from Acorn Print Studio, all access passes to the opening night VIP event and limited edition framed art prints by Hidden Door artists.
The visual artists will be chosen from Hidden Door’s Graduate Support Network, launched earlier this year to support recent graduates. These artists will be paid for their work through the proceeds raised from this year’s Crowdfunder. For many of them, it will be their first paid creative opportunity.
Hannah Stewart, Project Manager, said: “Graduates across Scotland have missed out on the opportunity to exhibit their work because of the onset of a global pandemic. This has greatly impacted their introduction to the industry and their subsequent livelihood.
“It goes without saying that the last 16 months have been challenging for everyone, especially the Arts and Culture sector. These artists are not only trying to establish themselves and their career, but to reinforce the importance and value of art and culture during these unprecedented times. As a festival that celebrates the artistic integrity of Scotland and the wider UK, it is Hidden Door’s duty to help alleviate these artists’ feelings of being devalued, discouraged and despairing.
“We at Hidden Door want to help give these emerging artists the exhibition they deserve. We also want to make sure Scotland doesn’t miss out on the fresh creativity and drive that enriches the country.
“We have the venue and we’ve found the talent; we just need the community’s support to make it happen!”
Once live, supporters can contribute to the Crowdfunder by following the link on the Hidden Door website.
Hidden Door 2021 runs from 15 – 19 September in Granton, North Edinburgh.
The large, open space will allow Hidden Door 2021 to be flexible, adapting to comply with any coronavirus restrictions in place at the time.
The first acts for this year’s Hidden Door festival have been announced as part of the music programme.
Amongst those playing in the shadow of the epic Granton Gasholder will be Scottish indie legend Pictish Trail, electronic maestro Rival Consoles and electro-pop star Hannah Diamond.
Other key acts include afro-funk mega-band Ibibio Sound Machine and Manchester-based indie band The Orielles, plus a selection of rising stars from the UK music scene.
The line-up is part of the multi-arts festival which showcases a diverse programme of music, visual art, theatre, dance and spoken word, alongside a series of creative collaborative projects.
Those creative collaborative projects come from the Hidden Door Live shows, where performers were given the opportunity to work together to create something new. They were so successful that many of the musicians, artists, theatre makers and dancers have been asked to develop the creative collaborations into live performances for this year’s festival.
Among those collaborative projects being adapted for Granton is Esther Swift’s The Call, an original composition that brought together 20 musicians to perform on an Edinburgh beach earlier this year.
With last year’s festival cancelled due to the pandemic, the 2021 event heads outdoors, taking place at the old Granton Gasworks site in North Edinburgh.
Opening daily from Wednesday 15 – Sunday 19 September, two stages will be built for live music and other performances, with dynamic lighting on the giant gasholder to be programmed in time with the music to create a stunning visual experience for festival-goers.
David Martin, Creative Director of Hidden Door, said: “It is hugely exciting to be working on this event. We have all sacrificed so much over the last 15 months and so many people have missed that feeling of being together – of sharing the experience of dancing together, of feeling inspired and joyful together. That is what we are doing this for.
“We are putting together a programme that reflects this amazing moment – it is optimistic and upbeat, and full of acts who are just making incredible music right now. Music has been something that has got a lot of people through the lockdowns; but music also has an amazing ability to bring us together, and we have packed as much of it as we possibly can into this programme because there was just so much we wanted to get in there. From afro-funk to hyperpop, indie to electronica, whether you’re already a fan or discovering something new – just come to Granton and dance!”
Hidden Door are working with Edinburgh College, who have provided access to the West Short Road site for this year’s festival. The event will also provide a platform for students to get involved, gaining inspiration and experience to boost their future careers.
Tickets are available via www.hiddendoorarts.org/tickets or from Citizen Ticket.
The organisers are working closely with the local council and other organisations to ensure the event will be safe and compliant with any Covid restrictions in place at the time.
Hidden Door is an arts organisation which aims to open up urban spaces as a platform for new and emerging artists, musicians, theatre makers, performers, film makers and poets. Through organising temporary events, Hidden Door works to showcase new work and create engaging environments for the public to experience, explore and discover.
About Hidden Door
The festival has steadily grown in size and reputation since 2014, when it cleared out the abandoned Market Street vaults to run a 9-day arts festival showcasing local creative talent. In 2015 the festival moved to a hidden courtyard behind Kings’ Stables Road, and returned in 2016, attracting over 12,000 visitors to experience a wealth of art, poetry, theatre, cinema, dance and music. In 2017 the festival breathed new life into the old Leith Theatre, attracting rave reviews and critical praise for resurrecting “Scotland’s best new live music venue”, winning VisitScotland’s Thistle Award for “Best Cultural Event”.
In 2018, the festival returned to Leith Theatre, also taking up residence in the derelict former State Cinema, just around the corner. Following a farewell weekend event at Leith Theatre in 2019, and a quiet 2020 due to the pandemic, organisers are now setting their sights on the Granton Gasworks to bring people back together in 2021.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Hidden Door team have also been producing a series of online live shows, connecting artists and audiences, and showcasing some of the best emerging talent in Scotland. The free shows can be viewed at hiddendoorblog.org/live.