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The Tolerance Project

From 16 September 2021 10:00 to 16 October 2021 17:00

The Institut français d’Ecosse is delighted to welcome, for the first time in the UK, the Tolerance Project exhibition!

THE TOLERANCE PROJECT, founded by artist-activist Mirko Ilić, promotes social acceptance through the power of design. In collaboration with artists across the globe, we seek to raise awareness of intolerance, and to foster positive change among people everywhere.


Come and see the posters on display on-site
at the French Institute in Scotland

from Thursday 16 September to Saturday 16 October 2021
open daily from 10:00 to 17:00 (closed on Sundays)

on the ground floor, lower ground floor and stairway (all accessible)

About The Tolerance Project:

THE TOLERANCE PROJECT is a travelling poster collection that celebrates and honors the starting point of all meaningful discourse: tolerance. Free, flexible, and ever-expanding, THE TOLERANCE PROJECT has brought a message of social acceptance to more than 300,000 people in twenty-four countries worldwide. Founded by artist-activist Mirko Ilić, this bold initiative showcases the work of over 180 designers—some established, some up-and-coming, all wildly talented.

Each iteration of THE TOLERANCE PROJECT features posters by local artists whose only direction is to illustrate the word “tolerance” in their native language. The posters appear in public spaces in parks, on university campuses, even on buses — engaging with as wide a cross section of the population as possible. It’s all part of an effort to spread respect and thoughtfulness in a world increasingly split by distinctions of race, religion, sexuality, and national origin. In posters that are by turns playful and profound, surprising and original, THE TOLERANCE PROJECT utilizes the unique power of design to remind us what we all have in common — and what it takes to bridge the divides between us.

“Tolerance is essential for humans to embrace. It is the only antidote for the competitive drive that characterizes our species. At this moment in history, there’s a slightly reluctant quality to the word. What we really want it to mean is acceptance and generosity.”Milton Glaser.

Institut Français Écosse 2022