Led by Public art project worker Kirsty Turpie.
Lochside Primary School Commemoration Sculpture
Lochside Primary School Commemoration Sculpture will celebrate the 56 years of Lochside Primary School within the community. The sculpture project has been a collaboration between Creative Future’s Public Art project worker Kirsty Turpie and teachers and pupils at the former Lochside Primary and the wider community.
Teachers and pupils have provided their memories and contributed towards the design and building of the sculpture. The wider community have also had the opportunity to contribute to the building of the sculpture through two pop-up mosaic workshops in Lincluden.
The final sculpture will be installed at the former Lochside Primary School which is now a community hub, allowing the community to walk past and view the memories and history of the school.
Lincluden Rhino Statue Renovation
Creative Futures first became interested in enhancing the rhino sculpture in Lincluden in 2017. At the Creative Futures house warming event in July 2017 they invited the original artist Robbie Coleman to talk to the community about it’s background and ask What’s next? A clean? A new colour scheme? A friend? Many people said they would like to see it cleaned and brightened up. They had the opportunity to design there own rhino with a new colour scheme and pattern. In January 2018, Creative Futures employed Public Art project worker Kirsty Turpie and gave her the task to build on the consultation that had already taken place. After consultation with local groups and community members it was decided that Kirsty would run a series of mosaic workshops to create boards to be placed on to the rhino base. After consultation a rainforest theme was chosen, building on previously designed patterns and to tie in with the natural habitat of a rhino.
In the summer of 2018, Kirsty held drop in mosaic workshops at Lochside Gala and Nithraid festival. This year Kirsty has worked with Primary 3’s at Lincluden Primary, the rhino keepers youth group and held further community work- shops at Lincluden Community Centre to complete the mosaic boards.
In addition to the mosaics, Kirsty will also be working with other classes from Lincluden Primary School to add spray painted features to the base.