Monthly Winner Announcement – MAY
"As a young person from a working-class background in Scotland, sometimes expressing yourself creatively risks humiliation within your own community. When your own identity and culture is described as inherently ‘cringey’, what chance do you have?"- Kate Chambers
Congratulations to our monthly winner Kate Chambers who posed the question “Where are all the working-class artists?”. Set against our current socio-political climate, we think her topical essay is primed to start a dialogue about identity, culture and creativity in Scotland – a well deserved win!
➜Read an excerpt below or find the full text here.
“When you ‘actual cringe’ at someone from your own background, what does that say about your own culture and identity? In the west of Scotland, we use ‘cringe’ as a term of embarrassment or shame. Are we ashamed that someone like us is using their voice? That they are raising their head above the parapet, rather than cowering beneath.” [Excerpt from, ‘Actual cringe: creative paradox in the west of Scotland’ by Kate Chambers]