PEACE CRANES

Peace Cranes is a project by Peace & Justice (Scotland) about peace, people and planet experienced through a series of contemporary art exhibitions and events across Edinburgh and online.

The Peace Cranes project features works by Scottish and international artists and activists, including Janis Hart, Ian Dodds, Peter Kennard, Pam Skelton, Michael Mears, You-Ri Yamanaka, Donna Riddington, Miranda Whall, Su Grierson, Keiko Sato, Mare Tralla, Edward Thompson, Dawn Cole and Madelon Hooykaas

6 August 2020 – 6 May 2022

Curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Heather Kiernan in conjunction with COP26 – UN’s Climate Summit, UN’s International Year of Peace and Trust, Maverick Monologues, International Day of Peace, Global Day of Action for Climate Justice, Stitches for Survival, Geoffrey and Elisabeth Carnall Peace Award, CHRNBL International Forum, Just Festival, Our Edinburgh, Hiroshima75 and Nagasaki75

Delivered with the support of a range of partners, volunteers, donors and funders DONATE HERE

Overview of all exhibitions and events here: linktr.ee/PeaceCranes

Although our Peace Cranes and Code Red exhibitions are now closed, our project continues – an opportunity to explore the impact of nuclear weapons on peace, people the planet, and the significance of the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty. Help us bring our message about planetary care, climate and nuclear justice to many more people through our new series of free contemporary art exhibitions and events in April and May 2022 DONATE HERE


UPCOMING PEACE CRANES EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

CONSEQUENCES

An exhibition and events scheduled for 18 April – 6 May 2022 at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh EH6 8RG. Tentatively entitled CONSEQUENCES, this will be the culmination of the Peace Cranes project of contemporary art and activism exploring the humanitarian and environmental consequences of the dropping and testing of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Bikini Atoll together with the nuclear power accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima. Art activists featured will include Edward Thompson, Su Grierson, Pam Skelton, Keiko Sata, Madelon Hooykaas, Mare Tralla, Miranda Whall and Dawn Cole. This will be accompanied by a series of events including a screening of The Vow from Hiroshimaa documentary about Hiroshima survivor and anti-nuclear campaigner Setsuko Thurlow. FURTHER DETAILS COMING SOON

Mare Tralla’s research trip to Code Red: Peter Kennard showing at The Out of the Blue Drill Hall 6-26 November 2021 as part of the Peace Cranes project. Image by Iliyana Nedkova. Further details about Mare Tralla’s Peace Cranes project here

RECENT PEACE CRANES EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

CODE RED: PETER KENNARD

A print installation of photomontages by one of Britain’s foremost political artists Peter Kennard. Preview on 5 November 2021 6-8pm at The Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh EH6 8RG. Free entry. Open to all. Exhibition continues 6 – 26 November 2021 Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm FURTHER DETAILS HERE


PEACE CRANES: JANIS HART

An installation by Scottish artist Janis Hart featuring 140,000 origami cranes showing 6 August – 13 November 2021 at St. John’s Church, Princes St, Edinburgh, EH1 4BJ. Free entry. Open to all. Monday – Saturday 10:30am – 4pm excluding Wednesdays 11am – 11:30am FURTHER DETAILS HERE


THE MISTAKE: MICHAEL MEARS

A rehearsed live reading of a compelling new play about the dropping of the first atomic bomb when the world changed forever by award-winning actor and playwright Michael Mears. Showing on 13 November 2021 2.30-4.30pm at the The Parish Church of St Cuthbert, 5 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EP. FURTHER DETAILS HERE


ATSUKO: YOU-RI YAMANAKA AND HEATHER KIERNAN

A rehearsed reading by actor You-Ri Yamanaka of a new maverick monologue by Heather Kiernan about Atsuko Betchaku (1960-2017) who began the wave of folding 140,000 peace cranes. Presented on 20 October 2021, 7.30pm at Maverick Monologues 11 hosted by Heroica Theatre Company. FURTHER DETAILS HERE


PEACE CRANES COP26 PROTEST BANNERS: DONNA RIDDINGTON

A workshop about making COP26 protest banners as part of the Stitches for Survival campaign led by independent visual artist and activist Donna Riddington presented online on 16 October 2021. FURTHER DETAILS HERE


CHERNOBYL MON AMOUR: PAM SKELTON

Film premiere of Chernobyl Mon Amour – a new artist’s film by established British artist Pam Skelton exploring the nuclear disasters of Chernobyl 1986 and Hiroshima – presented at CHRNBL International Forum on 7 October 2021. FURTHER DETAILS HERE


VOICE OF THE RAINBOW: SHATHA ALTOWI AND SABER BAMATRAF

An evening of music, film and debate with Yemeni artists and human rights defenders exploring how art and culture contributes to peacebuilding held online on International Day of Peace, 21 September 2021 as part of the first Geoffrey and Elisabeth Carnall Peace Award. FURTHER DETAILS HERE


PEACE CRANES: JANIS HART AND IAN DODDS

A cinematic installation by artist Janis Hart featuring carbonized trees, garlands and a circular screen projection of a creative documentary in collaboration with filmmaker Ian Dodds presented 6-27 August 2021 at St. John’s Church, Princes St, Edinburgh, EH1 4BJ. FURTHER DETAILS HERE

‘The film Peace Cranes by Ian Dodds and Janis Hart is devastating, so affecting, the circle like a lens magnifying the suffering and the white screen at the end, staring at it. Thinking of the footage and the testimonies – beyond words. So important that it gets shown wherever and whenever it can be’ Peter Kennard

Peace Cranes cinematic installation view © Victoria Murray. Courtesy of the artist


PAST PEACE CRANES EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

Explore our past Peace Cranes project exhibitions and events here – all free and available to download, read and watch again – including a film about Atsuko Betchaku by Iliyana Nedkova, public talks with Pam Skelton, Shatha Altowi, Saber Bamatraf, Peter Kennard, Kate Hudson, Damon Bridge and Hywel Maggs, a dance with Sara Lockwood, and a blog by Brian Larkin.

Tune in our Peace Cranes five-hour-programme of online events in 2020, including live theatre performances with Michael Mears, artist’s films, storytelling sessions, curatorial talks, artists’ Q&As and an origami peace crane folding masterclass with Shoji Masuzawa.

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