August 2018: Launch Event at Coburg House: ‘The Spirit of Kathmandu’

Our launch event took place in August 2018 at Coburg House Art Studios and Gallery for Edinburgh’s Fringe.

It featured an exhibition of photos of the people of Kathmandu in the days leading up to and after the Nepal Earthquake of 2015. On 25th April at 11.56, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck. Over 9,000 people were killed. Photographers Carl Whetham and Kishor Dangol were in Nepal during the disaster and gave us a glimpse into the lives of Kathmandu people. Over 150 people attended the launch exhibition and many shared their own stories and experiences of Nepal.

Quotes from attendees include:

‘I am so pleased that I managed to get to your exhibition in Leith. I have been talking to friends about it.’

‘We loved the exhibition – the photographs captured such stories in people’s faces and also their surroundings – and the brightly coloured ones a contrast to the post-earthquake ones. I’ll certainly come back for future exhibitions. ArtSquat is a great venture & I hope it flourishes.’

‘The photographs certainly painted a colourful picture of smiling happy people and then the pain following the disaster.’

‘Great show. Well done in organising this display of very poignant photos from the Nepal earthquake.’

‘Great exhibition at the Coburg Gallery in Edinburgh for the festival. Stunning photos of the earthquake and its effect on the people of Kathmandu. Five stars.’