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SB Connect Winter 2016

A splash of colour in Selkirk

Local artists and a small group of Selkirk High School students have worked together to brighten up a prominent empty property in the town centre.

Assisted by a small grant from the Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), the artists and pupils produced five pieces of artwork for the former Co-operative building in Scotts Place.

Dawn-June McGlasson, Marnie Davidson (both S3) and Caitlin Riddell (S4) were among a group of high school students given a challenge by the Council’s Community Learning and Development team to see how they could help make Selkirk a more resilient community and make local improvements.

After looking around the town, they decided they would like to brighten up part of the town, with the so-called “Poets’ Corner” their chosen spot for some artwork to encourage happiness and wellbeing.

The empty building had been secured with some new boards, but these were plain, and the Selkirk WASPS artists had already set their sights on brightening them up. Selkirk CARS project manager Colin Gilmour got the two groups together and, with the consent of the property owner, they worked together over the summer to produce the artworks.

Councillor Ron Smith, SBC’s Executive Member for Planning and Environment, said: “The hard work of these young people and local artists has certainly achieved their aim of brightening up this prominent part of Selkirk.

“There is a degree of uncertainty regarding the future of this building; however, the artwork panels are removable, so whatever happens, these can be displayed elsewhere when future development of this property does occur.

“This is yet another example of the positive impact the Selkirk CARS programme has had on the town and also highlights the important role that community groups and volunteers have in such a scheme.”

Following the success of this project, the students are now planning to apply to Youth Chex for funding to create another piece of art work for the town.

Caption: The colourful artwork on the boarded-up ‘Poets’ Corner’