Selkirk Flood Scheme’s community art projects announced

Published: 12th July 2017

Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme community arts project

Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme has announced its third and final community art project.

A Selkirk Legacy by Svetlana Kondakova will be the project in zone three at the Riverside corridor after a competitive tender process.

What is the project?

  • The project will see the artist create a large mosaic on a section of the flood protection wall between the new Common Riding crossing gate and Bridge Street Footbridge.
  • The Common Riding will be the main theme of the mosaic, following engagement with the local community, with a number of prominent local personalities featuring in the piece.

Last month, The Spirit of Black Bob Trail by the Black Bob Heritage Group was chosen for zone one, at the Long Philip Burn corridor, and Spinning Point by Bespoke Atelier for zone two, at the Bannerfield Plaza.

Svetlana Kondakova

“I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded this important commission.

“I have a personal connection to the town and being selected means a great deal to me.

“Having put a lot of thought and research into the design, I am really looking forward to making the mosaic and continuing to engage the local community throughout the project.”

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

“I am delighted the third and final community art project has now been chosen for the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme.

“These projects are looking to enhance the flood defence infrastructure, blend the scheme with the local natural and built environment and to provide a link to the town’s proud history, heritage and environment.

“The third project was the last to be announced as we wanted to make sure the successful proposal met these objectives.

“We believe A Selkirk Legacy by Svetlana Kondakova does match these aims and look forward to seeing the final piece.”

Protecting homes and businesses

The defences of the £31.4million Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme were officially opened in February 2017, providing protection from major flood events to around 600 homes and businesses.


Images of the three successful projects are available at our Flickr page.