Tony Macaroni has launched the first series of collaborations with artists and galleries in Scotland which celebrates Scotland’s cultural diversity. In order to get to the heart of why Italians chose Scotland, a group of artists and writers are collecting stories to make new works about the people who uproot themselves to travel to and set up new lives in a new country.
Starting with the the history of Italian people in Scotland, Tony Macaroni is working with the team at Stills Gallery in Edinburgh led by Deirdre MacKenna, herself a Scots-Italian from Filignano. Over thirty people have already been interviewed to record their personal histories and experiences, and later this year, a website will go live which will link the stories to the original geographical locations of where people started out from.
The website will grow to enable other people to upload their stories about where they come from – whether it’s from Helmsdale in the Scottish Highlands, Picinisco in Italy, Łódź in Poland or anywhere, the stories will build up into bright and colourful picture of the multi-cultural Scotland we live in today.