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Call for Participatory Artist for “Modelling the Future” 3D project

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The Ripple Project and the Binks Hub are looking for a participatory artist who has experience working with communities to join their “Modelling the Future” 3D project.

Image credit: Rachel Green, Director of the Ripple Project

The Ripple Project and the Binks Hub at the University of Edinburgh are looking for a participatory artist who has experience working with communities to join their “Modelling the Future” 3D project.

The project will run over a five-day period in May 2024 at the Ripple Project in North East Edinburgh.

The artist will work with the project’s staff and community members to make an artistic 3D model of the local area of Lochend, Restalrig and Craigentinny as they would like it to be in 2050.

This project forms part of a larger project exploring the “Past, Present and Future” of the North East Edinburgh area through a variety of different artistic and creative practices.

The artist will lead on designing how the 3D model will be made and which materials might be used, which should be constructed and completed over the course of five days.

The model will then be co-created by the artist, community members and the project team, with decisions on the process being taken collaboratively by everyone involved.

The completed model should have a footprint no greater than one square metre, and can be made from a material or materials of your choice (for example, cardboard, clay, wood, recycled household packaging or toys).

The artist will also be accompanied through the residency by researchers from the Binks Hub team, who will also collaborate in making the model as well as ethnographically researching the process of a community-embedded residency.

The fee for the artist will be £1800 for six days work (one day for meetings and planning and then five days for the week of community co-creation of the model), which sits between the day rates for artists with 3+ and 5+ years’ experience recommended by the Scottish Artists’ Union. The budget unfortunately will not extend to additional funding for travel, accommodation or sustenance (although lunch will be provided in the Ripple Café).

There will be an additional budget of £500 available for materials and other associated costs.

The project members are keen to receive proposals from artists from currently underrepresented groups.

Completed applications should be emailed to by 5pm on 31 March 2024.

Up to three applicants will be selected for interviews, to be conducted in early April.

If you have any queries or would like a quick chat about this opportunity please email the Binks Hub’s Jimmy Turner ( and Ripple Project director Rachel Green (

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