Artists and students collaborate to brighten up Selkirk property

Group of people standing in front of art exhibition

Published: Wednesday, 28th September 2016

Local artists and a small group of Selkirk High School students have worked together to brighten up a prominent empty property in the town centre.

Assisted by a small grant from the Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), the artists and pupils have produced five pieces of artwork. These were unveiled on the former Co-operative building in Scotts Place on Wednesday 28 September.

Some of the high school students involved were:

  • Dawn-June McGlasson
  • Marnie Davidson (S3)
  • Caitlin Riddell (S4)

Our Community Learning and Development team set the challenge to see how they could help make Selkirk a more resilient community and make local improvements.

Selkirk Poets’ Corner makeover

After looking around the town they decided they would like to brighten up part of the town, with the so-called “Poets’ Corner” their chosen spot for some artwork to encourage happiness and well-being.

The empty building had been secured with some new boards, but these were plain, and the Selkirk WASPS artists had already set their sights on brightening them up.

Selkirk CARS project manager Colin Gilmour got the two groups together and with the consent of the property owner they worked together over the summer to produce the artworks.

Councillor Ron Smith, Executive Member for Planning and Environment

“The hard work of these young people and local artists has certainly achieved their aim of brightening up this prominent part of Selkirk.

“There is a degree of uncertainty regarding the future of this building, however the artwork panels are removable, so whatever happens these can be displayed elsewhere when future development of this property does occur.

“This is yet another example of the positive impact the Selkirk CARS programme has had on the town and also highlights the important role that community groups and volunteers have in such a scheme.”

Future funding application through Youth Chex

Following the success of this project, the students are now planning to apply to Youth Chex for funding to create another piece of art work for the town.

Selkirk WASPS are holding their annual open studios event at St Mary’s Mill, Selkirk on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October.

Open from 10am to 5pm each day, a range of artwork by the resident artists will be on display, along with:

  • workshops
  • talks
  • music
  • home-baking and refreshments

Find out more

Selkirk CARS regeneration

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