A new piece of artwork has been created to mark an Aberdeen charity’s 50th birthday.
Adelphys, part of Aberdeen Inspired’s Painted Doors, was designed by artist Kelly-Anne Cairns, in collaboration with some of Aberdeen Cyrenians’ female service users.
A number of workshops were held over the summer to work on the Painted Door on Adelphi Lane.
The group came together to explore painting techniques, create symbols, stencils and to build confidence in themselves while also unleashing their creativity.
Adelphys shows a strong woman wearing a dress which features a tree and flowers, and is inspired by the four elements.
Kelly-Anne Cairns, the artist behind the piece, said: “I’m so proud of Adelphys, how amazing the ladies group from the Cyrenians were, how the theme for Adelphys evolved and everything she stands for.
“Adelphys displays an inner strength and resilience, she’s made of the four elements of life – earth, wind, fire and water.”
Some of the service users used the stencils they had created as well as free-hand skills to decorate the branches of the tree in Adelphys’ dress, and to adorn her arms with henna-like designs.
The work corresponds with Aberdeen Cyrenians’ 50th anniversary.
All hands on deck! Here’s our @aberdeencyrenians group in action. Some beautiful and intricate details by these talented women! 😍🙌🏻 Kelly and the group have also been working together on a door at Cyrenians as part of the workshops. #painteddoorsabdn #aberdeen #artists #urbanart #fineart #graffiti #streetart #artoninstagram #community #city #streetartaberdeen #aberdeeninspired #aberdeenart #art #artproject #workshop #streetarteverywhere #cyrenians #aberdeencyrenians #50years #charity #support #confidence #together #empowerment #women #painteddoors #beautifulabdn
The charity operates a number of services, and opened Aberdeen’s first women’s hostel, alongside emergency accommodation for young people, violence against women and domestic abuse services.
The charity was chosen to highlight and raise awareness of the huge scope of services they provide for the community, and in particular, the work that it does for women.
The first of its kind in Scotland, the Painted Doors initiative was originally launched in July 2016, as part of Aberdeen Inspired’s Summer of Art project.
Due to popular demand, the project was brought back last year for the second time, and again this year.
A number of doors continue to be painted in the city, with recent additions including Alison Chandler’s piece in the Bridge Street wildflower meadow, and David Iain Brown’s East Green piece.
Adrian Watson, CEO of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “The painted Doors project is one that continues to build a significant presence in the city centre. We have an extremely talented local artist community, a perfect example being Kelly-Ann Cairns, who has done a beautiful job marking the 50th anniversary of the Aberdeen Cyrenians.
“Aberdeen Inspired, working with Mary Butterworth, our fantastic local curator, has allowed this first art project of its kind in Scotland to provide the opportunity for service users to explore painting techniques through workshops and help build their confidence. What more could you ask for?”
He added: “We are naturally very proud of everything Painted Doors has achieved and continues to do so.
“It is no surprise at all to see it being replicated in other towns and cities across the country.”
The stunning ‘Adelphys’ by @kellyannecairns + @aberdeencyrenians on Adelphi lane 🙌🏻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Over the summer we have been holding a series of workshops by @kellyannecairns with some of the women service users from @aberdeencyrenians. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The group have been exploring painting techniques, creating symbols, stencils, building confidence and enjoying unleashing their own creativity. Drawing on themes from her own work and discussions with the group Kelly worked on location at Adelphi Lane, later joined by some of the group who used their stencils and their free hand skills to decorate the branches of the tree in the dress adorning her arms with henna like designs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‘Adelphys displays an inner strength and resilience, she’s made of the four elements of life – earth, wind, fire and water. ‘ Kelly-Anne Cairns Artist We are so proud of everyone involved. Many thanks to Kelly and her amazing group and all involved at @aberdeencyrenians💙 We really wanted to highlight this local charity and raise awareness of the huge scope of services they provide for our community in particular the work they do for women. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Celebrating their 50th year this year…Aberdeen Cyrenians opened the first ever wet hostel in Britain, the first Women’s hostel in Aberdeen, day centres, emergency accommodation for young people, violence against women and domestic abuse support services, medium-term accommodation for young and old, community & housing support services and an employment and education service. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can find out more about @aberdeencyrenians by giving them a follow on Facebook or checking out their website. #painteddoorsabdn #aberdeen #artists #urbanart #fineart #graffiti #streetart #artoninstagram #community #city #streetartaberdeen #aberdeeninspired #aberdeenart #art #artproject #workshop #streetarteverywhere #painting #figurepainting #cyrenians #aberdeencyrenians #50years #charity #support #confidence #together #empowerment #women #painteddoors #beautifulabdn
Ms Butterworth said: “This year, as well as continuing to showcase Aberdeen’s creative scene, I wanted to touch on the wider community – raising awareness and the benefits of creativity and expression towards personal wellbeing.
“Working with Kelly and the amazing women and team from Cyrenians has been such a pleasure.
“They have done an fantastic job in creating a beautiful and powerful piece.”