For the past 6 weeks the Rock Trust’s Compass team have been exploring themes of equality and discrimination through the medium of Street Art.

Young people who volunteered to part in the project were given a brief:

The Rock Trust wants to commission a piece of art which demonstrates our belief in equal opportunities and challenging discrimination and shows young people entering the building for the first time that it is a safe space for everyone!

The group looked at various protected characteristics and ways in which they face discrimination and disadvantage. They discussed what inequality, disadvantage and discrimination can feel like and what they wanted to express in terms of the inclusivity, diversity and values they held as a group and that we hold as an organisation.

They invited Craig from Spectrum Arts to join them and run a series of street art workshops, teaching the young people new street art skills and developing ideas for the final piece. After 4 workshops, they came up with some great ideas!

The project will culminate in a live painting day on the 24th February outside Rock Trust HQ – 55 Albany Street.

Craig and the young people participating will create the final piece. This piece of street art will be created during LGBT History Month and on Purple Friday – a day for people across Scotland to show support for LGBTI people, and stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in Scotland.

We would like to invite anyone who is interested in Equalities, Street Art, wants to have a look or find out more about us, to come down and join us from 2pm on Friday 24th February!

Hope to see you there!