Reflections – Willowbrae

Willowbrae (folk in Duddingston, Northfield, Meadowbank and Piershill and are also welcome to join in)

Took place on 7‑8 Nov 2020

This event has already taken place.

Reflections – Willowbrae Window Wanderland

An opportunity to remember and reflect on family, friends or pets who have died.

On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November between 6pm and 9pm


All are invited to participate in decorating their windows (or front gardens), or wandering, or both! 


The process of making and sharing an artwork or doing something creative to honour someone who has died is an opportunity to spend time reflecting, starting conversations, remembering details and sharing stories.


Displaying and sharing that creativity with our local community in our windows (or front gardens) gives us the opportunity to share stories further, and to brighten people’s evening in celebration of lives lived and remembered.


Our ambition is to turn the windows in our neighbourhood into an outdoor gallery at night, giving people the choice to view it in their own time, alone or with friends or family in small groups adhering to the government guidelines.


Our aspiration is that this event will inspire people to make time and space to think more about those who have died and are special to us, to learn new skills, to feel pride in art made, and to connect with local people in a safe way.


A couple of optional free online art tutorials are available to view at leisure thanks to local artist and neighbour Sam Rutherford.  These are intended to inspire people to make a portrait or image to describe their loved one/s.


So please do join us, and decorate your windows in any way you wish, lighting-up the darker nights anytime between the 1st and 8th of November, culminating with an informal neighbourhood window wander on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November between 6pm and 9pm.


Sam’s online art tutorials take the form of two short films showing:


How to enlarge a photo onto acetate and get the best ‘stained glass’ effect 

Watch the tutorial here:


How symbols can describe a person – ways to remember a person without using their face.

Watch the tutorial here:

Windows have played such a huge part during lockdown, and we hope that this will be a natural progression for local people to share their personal stories or to make a more general comment on loss through these difficult times.


For those who have not lost family or friends, they may wish to commemorate the loss of a public figure whose life they mourn.


With thanks to ‘Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief’ for making this event possible as part of ‘To Absent Friends Festival’ held across Scotland from 1st – 7th November each year – a people’s festival of storytelling and remembrance. “Because dead ordinary people live on in the memories and stories we share”. For more information please visit: 


Thanks also to The Co-op and McKenzie & Millar Funeralcare, Piershill for their help with printing and promotion.


Fancy taking part?


Taking part as a Windowmaker (or a Wanderer) is FREE and everyone is welcome. You can make a display in the windows of your flat, house, business, school, nursery, car, campervan, shop – or in your front garden!


Please don’t feel intimidated. We encourage you to experiment and express yourself freely. Your display can be as simple or as elaborate as you like.  A cut-out shape or image, some colourful tissue paper, or fairy-lights in a window. Or you could go all out and stage a performance in your front room!  Anything goes… as long as it’s family friendly!


What to do next:

·         Click on ‘Take part in this event’ to add your location to our map. Scroll-up to find the orange button!

·         You’ll get a ‘Welcome Pack’ when you sign in and access to lots of inspiration for windows too

·         Tell your friends and neighbours and ask them to get involved!


If you have any questions or would like to sponsor, promote or volunteer to help with this event, please contact


Keep checking back to this page to see our map grow!


More details will be posted in our Facebook event page: 


The organisers and participants of ‘Reflections – Willowbrae Window Wanderland cannot accept liability for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any member of the public visiting any of the Window Wanderland displays. Visitors and participants should be alert to the variety of every day hazards, and participate at their own risk. Please supervise children carefully. Please ensure you comply with current Covid19 restrictions when visiting. 

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