THE SAFE SPACE POP UP

The Safe Space Pop Up was born in December 2021 when Miss Annabel Sings moved into a studio offered by Outer Spaces, a new charity placing artists in disused commercial spaces. She is currently residing in an empty gold shop in a shopping centre in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh.

 

In the back room are the safes that used to house treasure. The echo of its past and what it was used for felt so present and so powerful it brought to the surface the next phase of their community work and artistic practise in a post pandemic world

 

  With safe space fast disappearing for LGBTQIA+ people for decades, communities and people becoming more separated and displaced we need to think differently about how we take up space and use space. First and foremost this is a space for MAS to think, make and develop their practise. If an artists work can be accessed long after they are gone then surely a space they create for everyone can leave a mark too. Physical space (however long it is there for)  that feels safe enough to explore who you are away from judgement, helping  you connect to and create community is more valuable than any gold.

For some, it is vital to survival. 

 

So, what if safe space travels and impacts communities by developing curiosity and acceptance of the self and others? Is it truly temporary or is it permanent because of the impact? We talk about  spaces that we remember fondly or where we felt a sense of belonging long after they are gone. Dancehalls, clubs, shops, pubs, houses, rooms in houses, streets, the list goes on and on.  Why have they have left their residual mark on us? Does the memory of physical space and its impact create a new space within us that means we can access it in our darkest moments?

 

 

This is in early stage of exploration/development; the idea being to eventually become an  LGBTQIA+ not for profit pop up community arts space led by MAS.  Follow us on instagram and please do get in touch if you want to hear more , would like a Safe Space Pop Up workshop or event near you or fancy a (in real life or virtual) cuppa and a chat in the window about what art, space and community means to you 

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