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Published on : Saturday, June 11, 2016
Local Heroes redefines contemporary Scottish design by bringing together Scotland’s leading designers in an exhibition developed specially for Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. Located at Edinburgh Airport’s plaza the exhibition and shop is set to gain the biggest public audience for design in Scotland to date with a predicted footfall of over 1 million passengers in August 2016.
An event programme celebrating Scottish design will also run alongside the exhibition during August produced by Creative Edinburgh and Creative Dundee with details to be announced at a later date.
The exhibition which is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland features exciting new commissions which reconsider the notion of the souvenir and respond to the theme of travel. Installed at Edinburgh Airport during the largest cultural festival in the world — The Edinburgh Festival — Local Heroes will be showcased to over one million passengers spanning 120 international destinations from the 1st to the 31st of August 2016.
Local Heroes Director, Dr Stacey Hunter said:
“For many passengers Local Heroes will be their first impression of Scotland and will also form part of a fond farewell. Design is one of the most accessible expressions of 21st century creativity and I’m so excited that we can present a snapshot of Scotland’s colourful and confident design scene at such a unique location.”
Some of Scotland’s most interesting and successful designers have been commissioned to design exclusive products for Local Heroes 2016. Their work collectively represents a striking period of contemporary design in Scotland characterised by a renewed confidence and optimism. Local Heroes leaves behind stereotypes about the Scottish design aesthetic and emphasises the modern approach of contemporary designers who embrace bright colour, dynamic pattern and innovative techniques and materials.
The exhibition will present a new narrative around contemporary Scottish design culture to an international audience. The entire Local Heroes collection will be available to buy, subject to availability, throughout August 2016.
Karen Mabon is emblematic of the designers working in Scotland that Local Heroes will celebrate during Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. Karen is known around the world for her luxury scarves which are stocked in Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Anthropology US, Harvey Nichols HK and Lane Crawford. For Local Heroes Karen was asked to create a unique souvenir and the result is an elegant umbrella ‘Rain Dance’ illustrated beautifully with dancers on every panel.