25 January - 10 March 2018 @ Summerhall, Edinburgh

Burns Unbroke reached out and connected with Scots and Burns enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds around the world to explore and showcase Scottish culture’s global importance and Burns’s relevance in contemporary life.

Creative Learning

As part of the Year of Young People 2018, developed in partnership with Arts and Creative Learning, (City of Edinburgh Council), artist Ciara Veronica Dunne and the Burns Unbroke visual arts facilitator worked with two schools. They held workshops with P6C from Sciennes Primary and P5-6 from Preston Street Primary to create ink drawings in response to Burn’s poetry. Mr Hutchison’s P6C class selected ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ and Mr McLean’s P5-6 class chose ‘To a Mouse’. The students explored the imagery, characters, themes and atmosphere of the poems and then went on to convey their unique interpretations in amazing ink drawings.

One artwork from each class was selected by Ciara Veronica Dunne, Holly Knox Yeoman and Burns Unbroke director Sheilagh Tennant for reproduction on a tote bag promoting the festival and primary school. It was an extremely hard decision to choose a winning design from each school because of the diversity and exceptional standards but after much deliberation Mairi Cochrane’s (Preston Street Primary) tim’rous beastie was selected and The Eerie Alloway Kirk by James Havard, Hugo Verity-Povoas and Oscar Griffin (Sciennes Primary).

Burns Unbroke is proud to be able to showcase the artistic talents of these local school children and they are a highlight of this year’s festival – even getting a mention in The Times review of the exhibitions programme!

On the 25 January 2018 the classes attended a special viewing of their artwork and a performance of ‘Oor Rabbie’ by Andy Cannon and Wendy Weatherby.


In the run up to the festival, Burns Unbroke connected with Scots and Burns clubs in every continent inviting them to participate in a ‘Burns and Scots Around The World’ display showcasing their heritage and history, interests, events and celebrations as part of the festival. Special thanks to Mike Thom – Barcelona Burns Club), Paul Carnahan – Leahy Library, Vermont Historical Society, Catriona Holmes – Ulster-Scots Agency, Belfast, Stewart McDougall – Paisley Burns Club) and Fin (Helen) Frances – Art n Tartan, Waipu Museum, New Zealand.

Community, minority and educational groups have been invited for free tours of the exhibitions programme. If you would like information on tours please contact

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