Mural designed by care experienced Scots unveiled in Glasgow

The mural is the latest of a series of works being launched by marginalised young Scots across Scotland.

New mural by care experienced young people installed in Glasgow’s Cathedral Street

A new mural designed and installed by care experienced young people has been unveiled in Glasgow.

The work spanning the University Centre on the Strathclyde University Campus is the latest of a series of murals being launched across Scotland.

The themed, nationwide trial has been organised by the Articulate Cultural Trust, an arts charity working to improve the lives of marginalised young Scots.

Works will also be installed in Kilmarnock, Dundee, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Michael Archibald is one of the young people who worked on the Glasgow mural.

The Artisan Artworks programme works with young people over the course of a year to develop their skills in painting and design a mural that elevates their voices in line with The Promise and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The project is designed to spotlight the talents of care experienced young people and to challenge stigma and discrimination.

‘The future is ours to change’ is the tagline that runs across part of the six panel mural, which also features portraits of two young people who act as Creative Changemakers for Articulate.

‘The power is yours’ panel references the responsibility people have to keep ‘The Promise.’

The mural references the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in particular Article 31 which is the right to lead a cultural life. 

‘The Promise’ implementation lead Thomas Carlton said it was “reaffirming” to see an artwork on this scale in such a prominent space.

“It’s symbolic of Scotland’s commitment to keep The Promise. The voices and messages generated through the mural echo the voices of everyone who has been generating dialogue and campaigning for better support for children, young people and families over the last decade.

“Seeing people engaging with the mural on the street is so significant, giving such visibility to often misrepresented experiences is monumental.

“I hope that people who engage with the mural take the time to understand more about what it means to be care experienced and we can start to breakdown the stigma that surrounds care experienced individuals.’”

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