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Our Covid Memorial Project

Donna Rutherford has been commissioned to engage with communities to co-create the memorial as part of the Remembering Together project, with East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure and greenspace scotland.

Donna will work with groups and locals, hosting a series of Open Sessions across East Renfrewshire, exploring how COVID has affected people, encouraging them to reflect on experiences and discuss how the memorial can honour those who have lost their lives to COVID.

Donna, originally from Barrhead, is a writer, performer, video-maker and director and is encouraging East Renfrewshire residents to get involved in the project.

Donna explained: “Having grown up in East Renfrewshire, it is a privilege to support residents in creating a powerful memorial that represents aspects of our recent experience – the loss, the frustration, fear and confusion, alongside the community strength that grew during the pandemic.

“Through a series of conversations with local residents, we will gather the experiences that truly mattered to people during the pandemic. In my work as an independent artist, I aim to generate a different kind of dialogue that extracts powerful narratives, demonstrating the bigger picture of human nature and survival. Initially exploring ideas, themes and personal stories, we will then consider what the end memorial can be and how to make it meaningful to a wide audience.”

The Remember Together programme is managed by Greenspace Scotland and aims to bring together communities and artists/creative practitioners in collective acts of reflection, remembrance, hope and healing. Supported with £4.2 million provided by the Scottish Government, memorial projects will be co-created in every local authority area of Scotland.

 

Getting In Touch

For more information please email artsandheritage@ercultureandleisure.org

To find out about Remembering Together, visit: https://www.rememberingtogether.scot/

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