Dundee and Angus College students have been drawing on their own personal experiences of lockdown to create a unique and eye-catching piece of artwork! Their endeavours resulted in a 3m x 1.5m wide mural banner which will be displayed across several of Dundee’s greenspaces as part of the City’s Green Health Week offering.
The College’s ‘After Hours Group’ was established in August 2020 as a way of helping students feel connected during the pandemic and encouraging them to participate in a diverse range of activities. The group’s recent project involved working in partnership with local organisations, Infinite Sky and Scrap Antics, to produce a piece of art that symbolizes how lockdown narrowed our lives down to our homes and is representative of the unique narratives that everyone experienced.
The students were invited to paint individual houses and river patterns using watercolour, ink and pen. These were then scanned and combined with photography and vector artwork by Elaine Maher of Infinite Sky to create the finished digital design.
The concept was developed and brought to fruition by Jason Grant, Dundee and Angus College’s Wellbeing Officer. Jason says, “I wanted to try and shine some positivity on what has been a truly unique year for everyone. Lots of people had positive experiences during lockdown and I wanted to capture this in the most impactful and visual way. It was so exciting seeing this project come together and the representations of people’s lockdown experience displayed in such a vibrant way is truly amazing!”
The mural banner will be on display between 10am and 4pm at the following locations in Dundee during Green Health Week before returning to the College’s Gardyne Campus on the 19th of May where it will take up its permanent place of residence:
- Saturday 8 May: Magdalen Green
- Sunday 9 May: Broughty Ferry Beach (near castle)
- Monday 10 May: Lochee Park
- Tuesday 11 May: Whitfield Green
- Wednesday 12 May: Baxter Park
- Thursday 13 May: Dawson Park
- Friday 14 May: Castle Green (Broughty Ferry)
- Saturday 15 May: Dudhope Park
- Sunday 16 May: Camperdown Park
Dundee and Angus College is moving away from traditional thinking and focussing much more on careers not courses. It wants the people of the Dundee and Angus region to be better informed and prepared for the career options available to them, no matter what stage they are at.