Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC)

‘Forest Bound – adaptation, resilience, and uncertainty’ – Art Exhibition

Forest Bound is a project working to engage Edinburgh-based ethnic minority groups with forest landscapes by using art-science approaches.

The project aims to create spaces where communities that face additional barriers to access nature/outdoor spaces can interact with forests.

We organised forest walks and a workshop session where we used visual arts to explore people’s connection to forests and begin conversations on how these overlap with key biological processes such as adaptation and resilience. Material from the activities was curated and will be displayed at a community group art exhibition in Edinburgh from the 14th to 18th of February, 2023.

Forest Bound is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) until February 2023 as part of the Growing Roots 2 call and is a partnership between the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH), Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC), artist Tamsin Grainger, and Written in Film.

Forest Bound will host an art exhibition at Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Edinburgh from Tuesday 14th of February to Saturday 18th of February 2023 (inclusive).

Click here to view the event details on the venue website.

The exhibition

Forest Bound – adaptation, resilience and uncertainty’ is a Community Group Exhibition of artwork and more, made during and after walks in the ancient Caledonian forest – the Black Wood of Rannoch, and in Roslin Glen. This multi-media, multi-sensory and interactive exhibition includes collage, painting and drawing, film by Written in Film, sound, recipes, and an experience of the smell and touch of the great Scots Pines and many varieties of fungi found in the Autumn in Scotland.

The groups were interested in, and learning about, how we, as part of nature, share the ability to adapt, maintain resilience and manage uncertainty. Created by people who live in Edinburgh, including members of the Chinese, Syrian, and Polish communities, in this exhibition you will be surrounded by the infectious laughter that comes from walking together in such special places.

Opening times

The exhibition is FREE and open to all. The following are the opening times:

  • Open 10am – 5pm: Tuesday 14th February, Wednesday 15th February, Friday 17th February 2023 
  • Open 10am – 8pm (late night opening): Thursday 16th February 2023
  • Open 10am – 3pm: Saturday 18th February 2023


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