Consequences: Art and Activism in the Nuclear Age – Exhibition Finissage

Saturday 3rd September 2022
1pm - 4pm, Free entry. Register via eventbrite

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Join us for the exhibition finissage of Consequences. Art and Activism in the Nuclear Age – 20 artworks, choral music and a film screening. 

Peace & Justice (Scotland) in partnership with the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament would like to invite you to join us for an afternoon of music, film and art as part of the exhibition finissage of Consequences. Art and Activism in the Nuclear Age.

1pm Take your seat in the Rehearsal Studio of the Out of the Blue Drill Hall to enjoy a special acapela performance by Edinburgh’s radical singing group Protest in Harmony

1.30pm Stay on for the Scottish premiere screening of The Vow from Hiroshima – a moving and intimate portrait of Hiroshima survivor and passionate anti-nuclear campaigner Setsuko Thurlow who accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

The film will be preceded by a video postcard specially recorded from Setsuko’s home in Toronto – an opportunity to hear directly from Setsuko about her amazing journey of inspiration and resistance.

3pm Take part in a post-show discussion hosted by Lynn Jamieson, Chair of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Combine this with previewing the exhibition Consequences – free and open to all from 10am until 5pm on this last day of the show. Please note that the total running time of all 12 short artist’s films by Pam Skelton, Madelon Hooykaas, Makana, Maxim Dondyuk, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner/Dan Lin, Janice Hart/Ian Dodds, Daria Svertilova and Es Devlin/Machiko Weston showing in the Music Rooms of the Out of the Blue Drill Hall is 125 minutes.

The award-winning Out of the Blue Cafe will be open for refreshments on the day from 10am until 5pm.


About The Vow from Hiroshima

An uplifting and moving documentary told through the lens of the growing relationship between Setsuko Thurlow, Hiroshima survivor and lifelong nuclear disarmament activist, and Mitchie Takeuchi, filmmaker and daughter of a Hiroshima survivor.

Setsuko was miraculously pulled out of a fiery building after the bomb was dropped and unable to save her other 27 classmates who were burned to death alive. That experience shaped her life forever and she endeavoured to keep a pledge she made to her friends – that no one should ever again experience the same horrible fate.

The film weaves the history of the post-nuclear era and the growing disarmament movement. It is a timely exploration of the global dangers of nuclear weapons and provides an insider’s perspective as we see Setsuko campaign with ICAN. The culmination of Setsuko’s decades of activism is her acceptance speech at the 2017 Nobel Peace Awards.

The film was updated in 2021 to include an epilogue about the ratification and enactment of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which entered into force on 22 January 2021.

“This is the film I would highly recommend for our younger generations to see. Actually this is a film I would like everyone in the world to see.” Matsui Kazumi, Mayor of the City of Hiroshima 

About Protest in Harmony

“We are a radical singing group based in Edinburgh and open to anyone regardless of experience. There are no auditions. We are not affiliated to any political, environmental or religious group. We sing songs of protest and struggle. We sing about peace, justice, the environment and human rights. We believe that song can be a powerful, positive force.” Kathy Jenkins of Protest in Harmony

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About Consequences. Art and Activism in the Nuclear Age

The exhibition runs 16 August – 3 September 2022 at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall. Free and open to all daily Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm (except Saturday 27 August 2022). It presents a curated selection of over 20 artist’s films, photography, works on paper, sound art, inflatable sculptures and poetry by 20 Scottish and international artists, including Peter Kennard and his Never Again and Ukraine 2022 photomontages.

The Consequences exhibition is the culmination of Peace Cranes – a project exploring the twin existential threats of nuclear weapons and climate change. Initiated and produced by Peace & Justice (Scotland), the Peace Cranes project is curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Heather Kiernan since 2020 through a series of contemporary art exhibitions and events about peace, people and planet, held across Edinburgh.

“Very sobering, thought-provoking exhibition. I will be returning to take more in and reflect.” Rachel Hosker, University of Edinburgh

Further details:

Peace & Justice (Scotland) is a national organisation established in 1980, creating culture of peace across Scotland. One of the ICAN partner organisations in Scotland, committed to the prohibition and elimination of all nuclear weapons globally. Registered Scottish Charity SC 026864

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 Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (SCND) is a membership organisation running a national campaign for a world without weapons of mass destruction. One of the ICAN partner organisations in Scotland, committed to the prohibition and elimination of all nuclear weapons globally.

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