Outlines Collective X Hazlehead Equality Alliance 

LGBT History Month 2022
Hazlehead Academy 

A WayWORD Festival Legacy project has helped Hazlehead Academy to achieve an LGBT Charter Silver Award from LGBT Youth Scotland, Scotland’s national charity for LGBT young people. Hazlehead is the first school in Aberdeen city or shire to receive such an award, and the six-week ‘Art & Activism’ project run by WayWORD’s Kirsty Lawie and Naomi Christie with young people from the School's Equality Alliance group was instrumental in the process.

Collaborating with Outlines Collective, a graffiti artist organisation, pupils learned about the history of graffiti as activist art and produced designs for pasteup posters within the school and designed and painted a mural wall outside (see photo below as well as video showing its creation

This fitted perfectly with the theme of LGBT History Month 2022, and LGBT Youth Scotland also complimented Hazlehead Academy for continuously ensuring their school was inclusive, with measures such as “Creating inclusive anti-bullying, uniform, and social dance policies”.

The mural incorporated images designed by the students and characters and symbols from popular culture. The message was chosen to celebrate diversity and inclusion in the school.

Outlines Collective are a group of graffiti artists who bring colourful spray paint projects to their local community.

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