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Authentic Artist Asylums are back in person, at a wonderful fully-accessible venue, The Fisherrow Centre. Asylums offer a space to connect with other artists in a non-competitive environment, where you can rediscover your own deepest artistry and share your ideas with a small supportive group with no pressure to ‘succeed’.

Ensemble: Me & We was a brand new, 6-day residential workshop in which Kath Burlinson and Nigel Hollidge worked with the legacy of powerful teachers and practices as well as bringing their own experience to guide each individual and the group towards greater realisation.

Sustainably Authentic is a chance to check in online each day for a full week. Sessions take place at 10.00-10.45 GMT. SA will resume in the autumn after a break for the summer months.

After the success of last year's Digital Discipline of Freedom groups of 6 artists are working with Paul Oertel during this two-day online journey on various weekends between now and October.


In line with changes to EU data protection laws, we have made some changes to our data protection policy. Click here for more information

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AAC Grief

The Authentic Artist Collective was to perform a new work, Our Body of Grief, in April 2020 at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, as part of The Edinburgh Passion. Instead, we made a video!

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We are delighted to announce a successful Creative Scotland funding bid for the production of 'When Mountains Meet' 


Inspired by the true story & journals of Anne Wood. Gig theatre, storytelling, Scottish/Pakistani fusion music & striking visual images combine to recount Anne's adventures as she leaves Edinburgh for an unforgettable voyage through Pakistan. 

Composer: Anne Wood

Co-Directors: Kath Burlinson & Niloo Far-Khan

Designer: Ali Maclaurin

Digital Artist: Aqsa Arif

Lighting Designer: Louise Gregory

Dramaturg: Mashal Peerzada

Musicians including: Afnan Iftikhar, Rick Wilson

Producer: Kate Taylor

Production Manager: Lee Davis

When Mountains Meet has its first work-in-progress performances October 27-28 at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh, as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

AAC Members at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe...

Jamie Zubairi is appearing in 'In the Weeds' for The Mull Theatre, Sarah-Louise Young brings her latest show 'The Silent Treatment' and Zinnia Oberski will be appearing in her solo show 'Dreams of the Small Gods' - all at Summerhall 3-28 August. Denise Stevenson is performing her solo show 'Finding Melania' at the Underbelly Bristo Square 16-29 August; Kath Bruce is providing music for 'Cicely and David' at the Royal Scots Club 16-20 August. Mairi Campbell and her daughters Ada Francis and Ellen Francis are involved with 'She/Her' at the Assembly Rooms, George Street 3-9, 11-15, 17-22, 24-29 August. Mairi is also doing some solo concerts at the Acoustic Music Centre 10, 21, 23, 25 August. Richard Medrington's 'The Man Who Planted Trees' returns to The Scottish Storytelling Centre 5-29 August.  


...and Elsewhere...

Lizzie Crarer plays Helena/Starveling/Fairy in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at the Eastville Park Lido, Bristol until 20 August. Joanna Rosenfeld will be appearing in 'Minotaur' at the Hawth Amphitheatre, Crawley 30 July and The Wagner Hall, Brighton 2-5 August.



'The Artist is a sacred permeable thing' Paul Oertel


Authentic Artist Collective is a Community Interest Company registered in Scotland.

Number: SC559833          Company Address: Post Office House   The Square   Blackness   West Lothian   EH49 7NG           Directors: Kath Burlinson and Chris Grady