the Unfinished Picture Project

  • Glasgow



United Kingdom

About Us

The Unfinished Picture Project is a network of art, media, and education practitioners and activists dedicated to the promotion of community art, popular education and cross-cultural dialogue.

We work within, alongside and between communities to engage in collaborative projects which are critical and creative, promoting the establishment of cross cultural dialogue.

UPP aims to achieve its mission through a combination of creative and collaborative components and tools:

Projects incorporate the following components:

  • cultural-exchange
  • online social media/collaboration tools
  • critical research – based on a selected theme
  • art/media creation

Tools we use include:

  • Visual Art workshops and processes
  • Citizens Media workshops and processes
  • multimedia blogging as a partnership tool
  • Community issues workshops (generally utilizing Critical Pedagogy and prioritizing collaboration across groups)
  • Forum Theatre
  • Public Art work creation

Our Projects aim to utilize and link up the capacities of local communities to facilitate projects, be it local organizations, practitioners, or resources. Go to the project section to get an idea of some of the work we’ve been doing.


We are currently working in Scotland, Palestine and the USA. You can learn more about each location in our UPP Branches section. Many of our projects are carried out as inter-national partnerships between community groups from different places across the globe, but we also work to link community groups across regions and within local areas (one example of this is Dialogue for Destitution).


UPP utilizes art and media practitioners from the local community to facilitate workshops within communities, through which they can develop skills in art and media production, whilst actively promoting inter-cultural understanding through online tools.

With sustainability in mind, projects are usually delivered through established community centers and youth groups in the communities we work in, and we will seek to work with local practitioners.

We have run a variety of short projects, longer projects and on-going projects. Check out the projects section to find out a bit about each.