In association with the Dumfries & Galloway Regional Arts Fund and Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of the Arts 2019/20, Stranraer Development Trust will be developing and overseeing the delivery of the Stransform project, which will incorporate artistic multimedia elements in and around Stranraer by local artists and youth for creating more positive and inviting spaces about the town.
The STRANSFORM Art Project aims to promote the regeneration of Stranraer through the public displaying of 8 artwork pieces around the centre of Stranraer. It is the hope that the public showcasing of the art pieces will encourage the public to take an interest in and engage with the regeneration process within Stranraer.
A total of 22 young people contributed towards the project, including 14 individuals from the Better Lives Partnership and 7 young people who were either already enrolled at the college or at Stranraer Academy. 7 out of the 8 artwork pieces have been created by a group of local young people who have also been completing a National Progression Award in Art and Design. The remaining piece has been created by Diana Hamilton, a practising Artist and NPA course lecturer with Dumfries and Galloway College, Stranraer Campus.
In order to help gain some artistic inspiration, an excursion to the Gallery of Modern Art was conducted on the 14th of February 2022. The young people were given a tour around the gallery and the opportunity to practice a print making technique. Feedback from the excursion has been excellent and is believed that the experience has been of great benefit to the young people’s development. Some pictures taken during the excursion are available to view in the Stranraer Youth Development Team Gallery section
After the creation of the 8 art pieces, the STRANSFORM Art Trail was developed and launched on the 16th of April 2022. The trail incorporates all 8 locations containing one of the art pieces.
The trail is still available to complete, leaflets and maps of the trail are available at the Gateway to Galloway Community Hub on Market Street.
Artworks from the trail
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