Art project aims to ‘bring new life and colour’ to Aberdeen community

From left, Shauni Ewen, 11 and Lucia Pittendreigh, 11.

A project is set to bring new life to a city community after residents were inspired by an internationally-renowned street art festival.

Torry residents are building on the Nuart festival – which saw artists transform walls across the Granite City using spray cans and stencils – with the new VictoriArt Road project.

The initiative is the brainchild of Torry residents and will be supported by artists, activists and Aberdeen City Council community workers.

It was boosted by a £10,000 grant from Awards for All Scotland and the cash will be spent on commissioning local artists, materials and community engagement workshops.

Aberdeen City Council’s communities, housing and infrastructure convener Yvonne Allan said: “The level of community involvement that has already taken place is extremely impressive and that looks set to grow.”

The scheme saw an event held at Walker Road School where primary six pupils experienced a hands-on learning session with representative from the City Council, local businesses and Aberdeen Inspired.

Aberdeen Inspired presented the class with 10 life-size street art images that will be displayed on the exterior walls of the school and surrounding buildings.

A talk – From Painted Doors to Nuart – will take place at Torry Academy Library from 7pm to 8.30pm on June 22, followed by a community mapping walk on June 25 where an audit of Victoria Road will be made to assess where to place the art installations.

Torry artist Helen Greensmith, a member of the VictoriArt Road group, said: “I hope we can get lots of local members of the community involved. We were inspired by the Nuart festival earlier this year, and how it got people exploring the city with fresh eyes. We hope we can bring new life and colour to Victoria Road and get residents and visitors re-engaged with their surroundings.”