Mon 28 Nov, 2022

The West Fife Group of the Scottish Green Party are calling on Fife Council to invest in local artists to help brighten up our tired and empty spaces to help breathe life in to our new City.

Following the success of the Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail and similar installations in Edinburgh and Dundee, the West Fife Greens want Dunfermline to follow suit and bring colour and character to dreary spaces and tired walls.

 

Co Convenor of the West Fife Greens Ryan Blackadder said of the proposal “Walking around Glasgow you are taken aback by the beauty and character of the building side murals depicting nature, landmarks and its famous decedents. These murals provoke thought and spark joy, bringing colour and beauty to previously dreary or boring spaces. As Dunfermline finds it feet as a new city it should express itself by showcasing art and creativity.”

 

Blackadder and the group have written to members of the City of Dunfermline Area Committee about the proposed project and requested they consider making funds available to encourage local artists and those from further afield to create designs for consideration. “A prime location to start is on our proposed future city square where the High Street meets the Bus Station on Queen Anne Street. Either side of this green space are prime canvases ready to be decorated” said Blackadder.

 

“What better way to celebrate our new city than by brightening the landscape with a mural of our beloved Peacocks like Malcolm or to connect with our twinned towns and cities across the globe by inviting their artists to get involved and illuminate our walls with some European artistry. Creating a mural trail is a great and cost effective way of promoting tourism around our city whilst supporting local businesses and artists. Cities across the UK and Europe have embraced street art and Dunfermline should too.”

 

West Fife Greens meet monthly and would encourage those interested in this project or other ideas to get in touch on westfife@fife.scottishgreens.org.uk 

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