One year on from the referendum that split the Scottish nation, Irvine Welsh returns home to Edinburgh to survey what effect it had on the arts in Scotland. Now living in America, Irvine has a very different perspective on Scotland to his halcyon days of Trainspotting. On his travels round his home town, he meets with performance poets Kevin Williamson and Michael Pedersen, partners in Neu Reekie and Mercury Award winners Young Fathers. He visits the studio of artist Kevin Harman, a visual artist pushing the bounds of contemporary art, and looks at the place of politics and art through the collaborative theatre piece Two Minute Manifestos.

Has the debate around independence been a shot in the arm for Scottish art?

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