‘No ordinary playgroup’

18 October 2018

Young parents and their little ones 0-2 today (18th October) attended a special screening of Expecting Something: ‘This is no ordinary playgroup’ – a short film they have helped create to celebrate their group, working with artist Becky Manson and musician Rory Clark.

The film was shown on a big screen set up at WHALE Arts, Edinburgh, and in other local community spaces throughout the week as part of Changing Perspectives: Wester Hailes Film and Moving Image Festival.

Expecting Something, for parents under 25 and their children age 0-2, meets every Thursday. Parents and their little ones participate in artist-led artistic and creative activities together.

Over the past month, artist Becky Manson has worked with the group to help them capture what they love about Expecting Something and share this through film. The soundtrack was created during one of their Thursday meet-ups led by musician Rory Clark who made sure even the youngest members of the group were able to contribute their own musical sound!

Changing Perspectives is a community-wide event showcasing archival, community and artist film and moving image work during the October half-term week. It both reflects back on Wester Hailes’ social history and looks forward to the future of an area that’s rich with creative talent of all ages, including its very youngest citizens.

Leah Black, Chief Executive of Whale Arts, said: “We are delighted that Expecting Something are actively taking part in Changing Perspectives, the first film and moving image festival for Wester Hailes, and grateful to the parents for the valuable contribution they and their children are making to the festival. The involvement of Expecting Something in Changing Perspectives communicates the importance of giving children access to creative experiences from the earliest age.”