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What possibilities are to be found in your back garden, your street, your community, and your country? What is a POSSIBLE SCOTLAND?

Research and design collective, Lateral North, investigate Scotland’s place and identity within an emerging northern region, and explore the relationship between people, culture, places, industries, and economies through mapping, future visioning, and collaboration.

The exhibition at Timespan brought together work from two projects, the Atlas of Productivity, which maps Scotland’s productive potential, and Possible Scotland, a touring project visiting communities in the North of Scotland in a retro-fitted camper van with writer Sue Reid Sexton. From country to community, large-scale to small, POSSIBLE SCOTLAND encourages us to see the possibilities of place(s) so that we might enact a different future.

Exhibition: Saturday 11 April – 24 May 2015


LATERAL NORTH is a research and design collective based in Glasgow, Scotland that look to investigate Scotland’s new place and identity within an economically emerging northern region; exploring the relationship between people, culture, places, industries and economies.

With a shift in approach and traditional ideology, LATERAL NORTH engages in cross-sectoral, multidisciplinary design and research. This collaboration allows discovery, investigation and testing of previously over-looked opportunities and engage people in long-term, strategic, holistic visioning.

Their integrated design approach involves extended engagement alongside creative professionals and attempts to deliver a competent design resolution for projects ranging from historic site conservation and community trust developments to exhibition and graphic design.


Sue Reid Sexton is a writer of fiction, including novels, short stories and poetry and the author of Mavis’s Shoes and Rue End Street. She was also a psychotherapist and counsellor for ten years, specialising in trauma, and before that she was a social worker in homelessness and mental health for another ten years. Now she dedicates herself to writing fiction. For some time now she has been working with Iraqi writer-in-exile Kusay Hussain helping him put his stories into English.

She is interested in the use of writing for health, as a way of understanding the self, for exploring experience, for sustaining identity and enabling the coming to terms with change. This is in addition to creative writing as art. She is interested in working with all groups but in particular those who might use groups or writing workshops for those reasons (and many more).

Sue’s website