Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

Article 27 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

A National Taskforce put together recommendations to the Scottish Government for establishing a statutory framework for human rights that will bring internationally recognised human rights treaties into domestic law to protect and advance the realisation of human rights for everyone in Scotland. This law would build on existing human rights laws to strengthen how all our rights are protected and will include Cultural Rights.

Art27 scotland is a new not-for-profit (Community Interest Company) cultural organisation guided by article 27 whose object is to  “deliver socially engaged cultural activity that aligns with various considerations of human rights relevant to contemporary society.”  

Art27 is a member of The Human Rights Consortium Scotland ,the the civil society network to protect and promote human rights in Scotland.

Art27’s first project is a partnership with Southside Community Centre, which sits at the heart of Edinburgh’s most diverse and vibrant neighbourhood in a project funded as part of The Culture Collective called Art27@Southside.

The Culture Collective is a pilot programme which will establish a network of creative practitioners, organisations and communities, working together to create a positive difference locally and nationally in response to COVID-19. The programme will focus on community engaged creative activity, supporting participatory approaches and projects where creative practitioners and communities work collaboratively. As well as providing employment opportunities for creative practitioners we will actively engage people in shaping the future cultural life of their community.

The Culture Collective programme is part of £64m in emergency COVID-19 funds for art and creativity being delivered by Creative Scotland in 2020/21, made up of funds from the Scottish Government, the National Lottery and the Freelands Foundation.