Culture & community

Connect with events, festivals, temporary and online exhibitions, and permanent artworks and installations.

Our Culture and Community team facilitates and shares work by our staff, students, and partners who creatively demonstrate our aim to make our research accessible to the wider community. We sponsor co-produced events, festivals, temporary and online exhibitions, and permanent artworks and installations around the Edinburgh Futures Institute building.

The location of our building, the former space of the Old Royal Infirmary, is representative of our Culture and Community work. Our building serves as one of the University’s front doors, open to the wider community. We honour the legacy of the former hospital, a beloved building in Edinburgh, by ensuring it continues to serve as a space that enables people to come together in different ways, in-person and online. 

“I honestly think this is an absolutely VITAL project for the Futures Institute and the University of Edinburgh, in its timely, comprehensive and truly open-ended exploration of the future of intellectual endeavour within the context we live in.”

Utopia Lab participant

Projects in focus

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Closes and opens: a history of Edinburgh’s futures

“Closes and Opens” is a film about the regeneration of the Old Royal Infirmary into the new home of the Edinburgh Futures Institute.

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Living Through Covid

An exhibit showcasing various creative work depicting the experience of living through the Covid-19 pandemic, captured by Cyrenians frontline staff working in the homelessness sector.

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South College Street

Information about artworks and images at the South College Street building, the interim home of EFI students before moving into the new building.

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Utopia Lab

Our Utopia Labs are “no-spaces,” places where everyone is welcome to join us in dreaming futures that inspire our experience of the present.

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EFI Student Exhibitions

Our space for sharing creative work produced by Edinburgh Futures Institute Students, and other University of Edinburgh students working with EFI on world-changing projects.

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Recycling a Hospital

Our ‘Recycling a Hospital’ project aims to reuse materials from the reconstruction of the Old Royal Infirmary, the future home of the Edinburgh Futures Institute.

Meet the culture & community team

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Gintare Kulyte

Creative Projects Intern
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Jennifer Williams

Creative Projects Manager
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Patricia Erskine

Director, Culture & Communities

Join us to challenge, create, and make change happen.