Category: News

Dalry Primary School’s QBR Crossword

Dalry is home to a primary school, with quite stunning and creative architecture. The arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay was an opportunity too good to miss, so the crossword has been filled in!

We were delighted to get a mention on BBC’s live news feed for the QBR.

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Irvine Sports Club Legacy Banners

6274 have been commissioned by North Ayrshire Council to design all of the promotional materials celebrate the Queens Baton Relay traveling through North Ayrshire this July.

The first of this project to be installed was the Irvine Sports Club’s banners.

Following on from the #NA2014 branding we designed a series of vinyl and lamppost banners for the grounds of the Sports Club. For the lamppost banners we have used a Lightweight Mesh Vinyl printed full colour.

We had to work within a very tight deadline of just 4 days for design, print and install on site.

Irvine Townhouse

6274 worked with North Ayrshire Council to brighten up the windows of the iconic Townhouse in Irvine. Our task was to plan, design, print and install fantastic new graphics that were themed around Irvine’s landmarks and also provide a memorable impact for passers by.

The end result has greatly improved the appearance of the Townhouse, prior to a complete upgrade as part of a new Leisure centre development.

Lairdsland Primary School Hoarding

6274 was commissioned by HUB West Scotland, East Dunbartonshire Council and Morgan Sindall to work with Lairdsland Primary School in Kirkintilloch, to celebrate their new school building which is due for completion in summer 2015.  The school was originally opened in 1875 and has been operating from the same building ever since. Now, the school is moving from its Victorian beginnings to a new location by the renovated canal. While the construction is underway the clients wanted to make the surrounding hoarding more striking.  6274 worked with 14 of the school’s best artists from primary one to seven.

After a walk around the school to photograph the work available it was clear that we would not struggle for imagery. The classrooms were covered floor to ceiling in amazing large scale art.

After exploring the topics being studied by each class and the history of the school it was decided that the panels would be the Titanic, the Jungle, Under the Sea, the Egyptians, the Victorians and the School’s History. The children painted, collaged and planned each design with a little guidance from 6274. Using work from throughout the school, the outcomes are bright, colourful and fun and show off the talent of the artistic Lairdsland pupils.

Irvine Town Centre Hoarding

6274 are working for North Ayrshire Council to produce a 250m Hoardings design around Irvine’s new Leisure Centre and Town House.

Our approach with all public art projects is to listen to a community, or client, and from that create ideas that are unique to that location. As the whole project with the town centre development is for them, we want the local community to feel connected to the artwork.

Stage one is split in to sections. There is a celebration of Robert Burns connection with Irvine, panoramas of Irvine taken Bruce Macaulay and detail shots of the town used in a collage.

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A highly visible, public project in the heart of Irvine. The traditional hoardings were being erected around the current site for a new leisure centre. It was agreed that the hoardings would be an ideal opportunity to share some of the special aspects of the town, the local community and its culture. 6274 took on the challenge and have worked across community groups, schools, art classes and with key individuals to develop a series of decorative panels to cover the length of the hoardings.

The joy of working with 6274 has been their ability to deliver the whole package needed for such a project. From community consultation, photography, hours of research on the area, sourcing images and quotes and then of course the actual stunning designs for the different themes. An amazing piece of work that has been coordinated by the team at 6274 with fabulous results. What a pleasure it has been to know it’s in safe hands and being not only well designed but investigated, consulted on and delivered by such a motivated team with meticulous attention to detail. Nothing is ever too big a problem and no one has ever made any of us feel like we are inconveniencing them when we asked for more things or to alter parts of the process  – even when we know we were!

Lesley Forsyth, Cultural Development Manager, Education and Skills,  North Ayrshire Council

 

 

Blair of Blair

The Blair family of Blair House near Dalry have been in residence for over 800 years. Following the recent sale of the property NAC approached 6274 to produce an exhibition on the subject of “Blair of Blair”

Work on a tight schedule, the exhibition parts were designed and produced within 10 days, and received a very positive response at the opening night.

 

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• 6274 created display panels to accompany the materials and artefacts that were integral to the exhibition. There was such a wealth of rich text and photographs to include in the exhibition that staff were struggling to be able to share them to the standards required. 6274 took on the challenge and developed a series of boards which incorporated the text, photos and maps into a fascinating exhibition. The end result was a stunning informative backdrop to the artefact and paintings which was appealing and inviting to the visitors.

Given the challenge of making the massive amount of information look not only appealing but informative, the design team worked their magic and with an incredibly short timescale to design and produce met the deadlines and were accommodating at every stage of the process

Lesley Forsyth, Cultural Development Manager, Education and Skills, North Ayrshire Council

• Everyone thought the panels looked fantastic and I hope you managed to hear the great feedback first hand. One again thanks to you and Shona for all your efforts and your patience!

Mrs N. Cullen, Local History Librarian, North Ayrshire Heritage Centre.

 

Greenwood Conference Centre

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North Ayrshire Council wanted the rooms within their newly refurbished Greenwood Conference Centre to take on a clear and memorable identity.

All the secondary schools in the region were approached to nominate a famous Scot via debates and presentations.

6274 then spent time in each of the seven schools, brain storming and workshopping with the pupils to turn the names into visual concepts.

The end result was a series of innovative signs surrounding the various doors, printed directly onto cut pieces of brushed metal. This created an effect in keeping with the decor and colour palette of the centre.

 

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During the development and refurbishment of the councils training centre there was always a plan to ensure that the signage and additional decorative items were bespoke and creative to tie in with the themes of the learning centre. The different training rooms were to be named after Scots who were an inspiration. A debating competition was held in the local schools and each school adopted their own hero to champion. 6274 worked with the children in the local schools to develop a series of graphic images that depicted the life and work of the different people. The end result was a series of plaques that surrounded the doors of the rooms and which give a stunning image to each of the entrances. This was augmented by the creation of a bespoke piece of art work and clock for the reception area, matching signage for the different areas of the building and finishing touches of decoration on the windows all tied in together to give the final stunning overall look to the building.

Again the challenges were many from carrying out the workshops to the final installation in a busy building, 6274 worked around each challenge and have delivered a beautiful series of pieces of art work dotted throughout the building. It has lifted the building from a corporate, clinical environment to place for creative thinking and inspiration learning.

Lesley Forsyth, Cultural Development Manager, Education and Skills,  North Ayrshire Council

Eastgate Building Interior – Landscapes

WAVE commissioned 6274 founder Bruce Macaulay to produce some original photographic panoramas for the Eastgate building. Bruce has a passion for mountain walking especially in winter, so this was very much combining work with pleasure.

Pieces selected, included a 360 panorama from the roof of building itself, as well as a stunning view of Kerracher Bay in Assynt.

Eastgate Building Interior – Mural

We were delighted to work on the Eastgate building mural as part of the team from WAVE.

Such was the positive response to the 100m+ long mural that adorned the hoarding during the construction of the Eastgate building, the clients were keen to see it used in the interior decoration.

The dibond panels survived their 12+ months outside remarkably well, and were cut down and recycled throughout the building. In addition elements of the design was also reproduced onto graphic wallpaper to create a stunning floor to ceiling result.

Olympic Dreams

This great summer of sporting action, reminded us of a project we were involved in a few years ago.

Just before the Olympics, I spotted a story about 1948 swimming bronze medalist Catherine Gibson. We had featured Catherine in a mural we did in Motherwell back in 2008, having produced a painting of her, from a photo in a local history book. Thanks to The Times article, we found out that Cathy was very much alive and well and living in Dunfermline. We managed to get in touch and a couple of weeks ago were able to present her with the original painting that we produced as part of the public art project.

We were delighted to celebrate her 1948 success one again.

Click here for the full newspaper article.