Showcase: Our Nation’s Sons

Our Nation’s Sons is a series of large-format street art that will be appearing in Scotland’s capital over the next 10 days. The work by Joe Caslin features drawings of hoody-wearing teenage boys, some from St Thomas of Aquinas High School.

An inaugural 40ft drawing was pasted to the gable wall of No. 20 Cowgate, Edinburgh on Saturday 14th April.

Caslin said the project was to give young men a voice.

He said:

“These drawings of young men will be used as a tool to re-establish young men as legitimate participants within today’s society by giving them a voice and a tangible presence within our city.

“Community cohesion and participation is fundamental to the project.

“The drawings once installed will generate spaces throughout the city charged for an encounter between the subject/protagonist and the passer-by/interpreter.”

The project is supported by the safer neighbourhood team of Lothian and Borders Police and Edinburgh City Council’s city centre neighbourhood partnership.

Ross Colquhoun
National Collective

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About Ross Colquhoun

Ross Colquhoun is a visual artist, graphic designer and the director of National Collective. An alumni of Edinburgh College of Art's School of Visual Communication and founder of Human Resources, he believes that art has immeasurable power to influence people, to inspire ideas and to motivate change. He envisions a scenario in which independence would bring a new cultural confidence to Scotland.

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