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DISTILLERY PIPE BAND MURAL

09 August 2006

Anna and her assistant Lucy have started work on the Distillery Pipe Band mural on Noreen's & Kelly's gable.
ARTISTS HIT TOWN!

06 August 2006

Invergordon is set to burst into colour this week as four artists start work on their appointed murals.

First to start will be Alan Potter, who is working closely with the Highland Games Committee on their mural, which is to be positioned on the launderette gable, very appropriately, as it will be seen by everybody en route to the games - the draft design looks quite stunning!

Last year Alan was commissioned to create a mosaic at the entrance of the new County Hospital building with which many will be familiar. He has set himself a very high standard with this - it is simply quite beautiful.

Anna Smith, the artist selected to paint the Distillery Pipe Band mural, is to start work on Noreen’s & Kelly’s gable. Anna and her assistant arrived on Friday evening.They are working with the Social Club Group and some of the original band members, who are involved in the design process.

Steve des Landes returns this week to continue work with the museum group. He has the Herculean task of depicting the Heritage of the Firth, which will adorn the six panels on the south side of the museum, the former Royal British Legion. We’re quite sure he’s up to the challenge, and Steve will be working closely with the Heritage Group who will help with all the facts and figures. Rumour has it that he is at this very moment holed up somewhere frantically reading up on “This Noble Harbour”.

Last, but by no means least, Tracey Shough, who is passionate about the environment, is to create the mural entitled 'The Natural Heritage of the Firth', which will be on the wall of the newly upgraded Albyn Housing office. While she is here, Tracey, who has spent the last five years running mural projects and other art workshops for schools, youth groups etc, will run one or two workshops for local children. The Environment Group was the obvious choice to collaborate with Tracey in the design process.

So, four murals started in four weeks and Invergordon will have entered this transforming new phase.

Next year Alan Potter, Steve des Landes and Ken White will be returning to Invergordon to create three more murals, namely, A Century of Sport, Fire! Fire! And Saltburn’s Past.

The High Street mural is still in the melting pot.

If anyone locally captures any good pictures of the process be sure to send them into the web site ://www.invergordonoffthewall.co.uk

ARTISTS’ RESULTS

06 August 2006

On Saturday 20 May, Invergordon off the Wall, together with representatives from the Community Groups involved, interviewed the ten artists who had been shortlisted from an impressive list of applicants.

After great deliberation the following are the results of the interviews:

Distillery Pipe Band - Anna Smith

Highland Games - Alan Potter

Century of Sport - Alan Potter

Heritage of the Firth - Steve des Landes

Fire! Fire! - Steve des Landes

Natural Heritage of the Firth - Tracey Shough

Saltburn’s Past - Ken White


The decision on the Invergordon High Street mural will be made at a later date.


VISIT OF INTERNATIONAL ARTIST KARL SCHUTZ

28 July 2006

International artist, Karl Schulz, who was the motivating force and the instigator of the now world-famous Chemainus mural trail, is going to visit Invergordon whilst he’s here in Scotland for the Global Arts Festival.

He will be giving a series of talks. Come along to the Invergordon Arts Centre on Friday, 11 August 2006 at 7:30pm to hear this inspirational speaker. There is no charge and all are welcome.


Global Arts Festival

28 July 2006

In August an array of artists and community groups from all over the world will descend on Prestonpans, which is this year, hosting the prestigious Global Arts Festival.

Invergordon off the Wall has been invited to make a presentation about the Invergordon Mural Project - a real feather in our caps.

2006 GLOBAL MURAL CONFERENCE,
August 15th - 19th, will be in Prestonpans, Scotland

2008 GLOBAL MURAL CONFERENCE,
Sheffield, Tasmania, Australia

Artist Interviews - Watch this space for results!

14 June 2006

On Saturday 20 May, Invergordon off the Wall, together with representatives from the Community Groups involved, interviewed the ten artists who had been shortlisted from an impressive list of applicants.

It was run in the form of a speed dating session, the artists spending about 15 minutes with each group and then moving on to the next. Although it was an exhausting process and probably very nerve wracking for the artists, there was a real buzz about the place and everybody enjoyed the day.

Channel 4 Big Art Project - Results!

12 April 2006

Thanks to the number of nominations from people far and wide, Invergordon were successful in reaching the shortlist of 12 communities bidding for the Channel 4 Big Art Project.

The six projects chosen were as follows:-

Isle of Mull, Scotland

Waterworks Park, North Belfast, Northern Ireland

Burnley, Lancashire

Prince Charles Quay, Cardigan, Wales

Cooling Towers, Sheffield

Beckton Alps, East London

Congratulations to Mull, the only successful Scottish application.

We look forward to following the progress of these communities when the programme is televised in autumn 2007.

Invergordon Community Vote for Murals - RESULTS!

17 March 2006

Invergordon Community Vote for Murals!

The votes have been cast, the totals added up and now the themes of the next 8 Invergordon murals have been chosen by the local community! Invergordon Off the Wall asked the people of Invergordon to vote for their favourite ideas for the town’s evolving heritage mural trail. Different local community groups put forward ideas for heritage-themed murals and then the voting commenced.

A public voting day took place at the end of September at the Invergordon Arts Centre and 161 people attended the event to cast their votes and offer their comments. People mingled over old photographs and reminisced about Invergordon’s varied past. Many people remembered the days when the Naval Fleet was in town and how busy and bustling the High Street became. Stories about how the shops have changed on the High Street over the years were talked about, and days spent at the old outdoor swimming pool. The town demonstrated their affection for the Cromarty Firth. A place which has seen many significant historical events in Invergordon’s history and whose deep anchorage has provided the opportunity for all this activity and a home for dolphins, seals and bird life.

Following on from the voting day, Invergordon Off the Wall took the proposed murals’ themes to Invergordon Academy where the young people in the area also had the opportunity to vote. South Lodge, Newmore and Park Primary Schools participated in drama workshops with Out of Eden’s drama worker, Islay McCrae, to explore the proposed themes through frozen mural style images and to vote for their favourites.

The final results have been collated and checked for us by CADISPA at Strathclyde University. The 8 winning mural ideas, in this order, are:

• The Natural History of the Firth (wildlife and geology)
• The Heritage of the Firth (early sailing boats, the Navy, the riggs)
• Invergordon High Street
• Invergordon Highland Games
• Fire! Fire! (famous landmarks which burned down in Invergordon – the Royal Hotel, the castle)
• A Century of Sport
• The Seaforths
• Saltburn


Invergordon Off the Wall is the community voluntary initiative co-ordinating the mural trail project. They nominated the Seaforths as a theme, but will seek out additional funding for this, allowing the next on the winners’ list to go ahead – the Pipe Band and Distillery.

The Invergordon Environment group suggested the Natural Heritage of the Cromarty Firth theme, and Maxine Smith, Chair of the group, said,

"The Environment Group were delighted to hear that Invergordon Off the Wall's public consultation about what Invergordon wanted to see as the next murals resulted in the Natural History of the Firth being chosen. The Cromarty Firth is steeped in nature with the dolphins, seals, cormorants, oyster catchers and all kinds of animals and mammals from the deepest sea to the highest mountain.

Our role as a voluntary group will be to work with Invergordon Off the Wall at the outset on the content and choosing a suitable location and artist. Hopefully, in time, the heritage mural trail will attract more tourists to the area and advertise Invergordon's natural assets of which there are many."

Invergordon Off the Wall will be working with winning mural groups to develop their ideas and to commission artists to paint the murals. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery, Leader Plus and Ross and Cromarty Enterprise.

End Notes:

For further information, please contact Helen Kermode, Project Officer, Invergordon Off the Wall, 01349 853 221 (part-time office) or by email at hkermode@hotmail.com.

Invergordon in running for Channel 4 Big Art Project

18 February 2006

Channel 4 recently advertised for applications from community groups UK-wide as part of their search for six communities to be given nationwide coverage in an exciting new TV series they are launching in September 2007.

This advertisement came to our attention and, along with other enterprising people, we contacted Channel 4 Big Art’s project researchers and put in a bid for Invergordon. Out of hundreds of towns bidding Invergordon was short listed and on Monday 6th February Lucy, Isobel and Dominic from Channel 4 visited the town, interviewed and filmed local people and members of volunteer groups.

There were representatives not only from Off the Wall, but Invergordon Environment Group, Residents’ Associations, the Museum and Heritage Group, Invergordon Business Association, Invergordon Players, Invergordon Community Council, Saltburn Community Council and Association, local church representatives, members of the public, the Invergordon and District Initiative and R.A.C.E.

The Channel 4 representatives toured Invergordon High Street, visited the Museum and then the Town Hall where they carried out individual interviews and held a question and answer session, which was attended by around 30 people.

The idea behind the screening is to find a community which needs a helping hand with a project, which could have a wider impact on the area, in terms of producing a piece of “artwork”, which can range from anything from a sculpture, like the Angel of the North to a day of playlets symbolising something in the town’s history or culture.

It is aimed at bringing communities closer together with a common goal and looks favourably on towns that have already begun to regenerate themselves through volunteer group activity.

Dominic was keen to emphasise that these would be cutting edge documentaries on the impact of art on a community and its inhabitants and could not be categorised as reality TV.

Isobel, an independent curator and researcher for Channel 4 said that so far the team had been very impressed with the turn out and representation from the different volunteer groups and Invergordon seemed to have given it their best shot.

The team then had to rush off to their next destination, which remained a secret.

The final decision will be reached sometime in the next few weeks. If successful the project will commence on 31 March with 6 months of close work with the community to develop the suggestions and come up with a chosen art theme. Whatever is decided upon will be sustainable and the advertising on prime television that the town will receive from this will greatly assist the regeneration efforts of the town

P&J article: Children's choice to brighten up Invergordon

18 March 2006

Children in Easter Ross have been offering their ideas for new murals which will be painted on Invergordon walls to form a graphic heritage trail.
The community were asked to vote for their favourite ideas and now the next eight murals, which will be added to the town's evolving trail have been chosen.

The themes include the natural history and heritage of the Cromarty Firth, Highland Games and sport.

A public voting day took place at the end of September at the Invergordon Arts Centre and 161 people attended the event to cast their votes and offer their comments. Many people remembered the days when the Naval Fleet was in town and how busy and bustling the High Street became. Stories about how the shops have changed on the High Street over the years were talked about, and days spent at the old outdoor swimming pool. Following on from the voting day, Invergordon off the Wall took the proposed murals' themes to Invergordon Academy where the young people in the area also had the opportunity to vote. South Lodge, Newmore and Park Primary Schools participated in drama workshops with Out of Eden's drama worker, Islay McCrae, to explore the proposed themes through frozen mural style images and to vote for their favourites.

Invergordon off the Wall is the community voluntary initiative co-ordinating the mural trail project.

The Invergordon Environment group suggested the natural heritage of the Cromarty Firth theme, and Maxine Smith, chairwoman of the group said: "Our role as a voluntary group will be to work with Invergrodon off the Wall at the outset on the content and choosing a suitable location and artist. Hopefuly, in time, the heritage mural trail will attract more tourists to the area and advertise Invergordon's natural assets of which there are many".

Invergordon off the Wall will be working with winning mural groups to develop their ideas and commission artists to paint the murals. The project is funded by Heritage Lottery, Leader Plus and Ross and Cromarty Enterprise.

Lifeboat crew launches towns second mural

10 December 2005

The Invergordon off the wall project took a huge stride forward on Saturday 10 December 2005 when Captain Iain Dunderdale, the Lifeboat Operations Manager unveiled a mural depicting the work of the RNLI.

Renowned artist Ken White who painted the first mural "The Loch" also created the lifeboat mural on the gable end of Wilson Solicitor and Estate agents, which is the second of 10 murals planned for the town.

The mural "Volunteer Spirit", aptly named by the Invergordon lifeboat crew , was chosen to honour the men and women who give freely of their time in the service of the RNLI.
Photograph by Murray Macleod
Photograph by Murray Macleod
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A large crowd gathered to see coxswain Danny Coutts perform the "launch" in the traditional manner; the lifeboat crew added to the occasion by firing off red flares which created a dramatic display.

After the ceremony piper Angus Ross led the procession to the lifeboat premises for a welcome glass of mulled wine and mince pies.


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