Statue to honour community arts hero Dr Helen Crummy

Sculpture The sculpture, by Tim Chalk, is being unveiled on Friday outside the East Neighbourhood Centre

A statue is to be unveiled honouring the woman behind the internationally recognised Craigmillar Festival, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Dr Helen Crummy's venture has been lauded worldwide for its innovative approach to community arts, social change and community action.

She set it up when her son's school refused to give him a violin lesson.

The sculpture, by Tim Chalk, is being unveiled on Friday outside the East Neighbourhood Centre.

Dr Crummy has also been to the European Parliament to speak about its success.

The statue shows Dr Crummy handing her son a violin bow.

The sculpture, one of only three public statues in Edinburgh to honour women, also incorporates work by local adults and children who will sing at the unveiling ceremony.

Edinburgh art patron, professor Richard Demarco will unveil the statue.

Dr Crummy's son's original violin will also be played at the Niddrie Road ceremony at 14:00 on Friday.

The statue was funded by the City of Edinburgh Council, with a further contribution by Craigmillar Castle Regeneration Group.

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