Sharing the Possibilities: Preparation for Open Door Day

 

North Edinburgh’s Secret Walled Garden

Scotland has one of the most unequal land distributions in the Global North with 50% of the land owned by just 432 individuals. It is hard to overstate how important land ownership is in creating more sustainable and just communities. Happily land reform has been receiving some long needed attention over the past couple of years and looks set to continue. Organisations and grassroots groups promoting and fighting for community land ownership have been at the forefront of getting land reform on the agenda.

Land reform often calls up images of the Western isles, or the highlands but urban land ownership is a critical piece of the puzzle as well. Anyone following debates over land use here in Edinburgh will quickly recognise the tension between developers playing the luxury real estate game and the need for true affordable housing and development that contributes to the community’s broader needs.

The choice between development for the benefit of a very few individuals and the coffers of development corporations is being played out in one of Edinburgh’s oldest surviving walled gardens. The community groups Friends of Granton Castle Walled Garden are fighting to restore the garden and develop it as a community asset having fought all last year to gain access to the space. Over the coming months I’ll be documenting the group as they bring parts of the garden back to life, demonstrating the enormous potential for the space and fighting for community over private luxury.

Read more about the garden.

The Circus Arrives without Warning

“The towering tents are striped in white and black, no golds or crimsons to be seen…All over the tents, small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies…When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves- The Circus of Dreams”
– Excerpts from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


For anyone who had dreams of running away to join the circus, loves fairy tales and exploring the wonder of worlds with magic, reading The Night Circus will enchant you.

The book has inspired me to my next project, a portrait series of the Night Circus characters. Below you can find more information about getting involved and specific casting calls.
Casting

Casting is now open for the first of the character portraits in my The Night Circus series. Like Bailey I am now looking for Poppet. Poppet Murray is in her mid teens with bright red hair and can see the future. She has a fraternal twin brother Widget who can read people’s pasts. She wears a white dress made of a patchwork of different fabrics, military jacketI would love to hear from anyone who feels they can fit the bill and are interested in joining the project. More character information will be provided upon request.

  • There will be flexibility with age for Poppet if needed
  • All actors will receive photos for time
  • Selected actors will need to sign a model release form
  • Please send a photo of yourself and why you are interested in participating
  • It is not required to have read the book but a definite bonus if you have!

Contact me at: Ashleyerdman@gmail.com

Other Ways to be Involved

In addition to actors for the characters I am looking for make-up artists and stylists interested in the project. If you are interested and like the sound of it or would like more information feel free to drop me an email and we can chat. All work will be done on time for photos.

Come rain or shine

What a difference a week makes! The garden has some great colour thanks to more plant donations, gates are going up to guard against the bunnies and there was some serious weeding happening.