Category: Public and Community Art

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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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.

Testimonials

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

 

 

The Artizan Art Gallery and Community Hub

6274 were commissioned by Jones Lang LaSalle to create an Art Gallery and Community Hub for the Artizan Centre in Dumbarton. The aim being to engage with the community, and increase foot fall in the area.

Part of the remit, included producing artwork to be displayed on a number of vacant shop units.

This included;

• Design & print of marketing material for The Artizan Art Gallery and Community Hub
• Extensive community involvement
• Video loop for window of community hub
• Memory Tree / Dumbarton Timeline Project
• Community Arts and Events Programme at the Community Hub
• Panoramic photography of the local area
• Local schools artwork

6274 developed and managed the whole project from conception to completion.

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I would just like to take this opportunity to thank 6274 again for this weekend.
I am extremely pleased with how successful the launch was and I am looking forwards to the future of what the Community Hub will bring to the Centre and our retailers.
Having gathered retailer feedback today they have all seen a direct impact, so all in all I can say I can sleep tonight for the first time in a while!

Louise Scott
Marketing Executive
UK Shopping Centre Management
Jones Lang LaSalle

 

 

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.

 

Testimonials

• 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

Andy Murray

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.

 

Testimonials

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.

Portobello – Shop on the Prom Project

Joe owns Findlays Butchers. Famous for all its award winning haggis!

6274 Public Art have had the pleasure of working with the local traders of Portobello Main Street on a fantastic City of Edinburgh Council led Shop on the Prom project.

Our task was to come up with a creative idea that would link the high street with the promenade and involve the local business community. Our canvas to work with was a series of 14 Heras fences around a development site on the beach front.

Portobello Development Site Before the Project

Portobello Site after the “Shop on the Prom” Installation

Our idea was to work with real people and real shops in Portobello to produce a new graphic high street on the promenade. We spent a week visiting the retailers to take photos both of their shop fronts and of themselves in situ as well as a few snaps of their products and interiors. The enthusiasm and effort from everyone who took part made the project one of the most rewarding we have worked on.

The final shots were reworked, designed and printed onto nearly 50 metres of graphic mesh along the promenade in time for the Keep Scotland Beautiful Beach Award ceremony on Wednesday 30th May.

Keep Scotland Beautiful Seaside Award Winners

Everyone involved then received at least 5 professional photographs of themselves, their shop font and products to use in their future marketing materials both on and off line.

The feedback from the project from the local traders as well as  passers by has been absolutely fantastic.

Testimonial

“It was a pleasure working with 6274. They took an idea and turned it into a reality using their very own blend of creativity, enthusiasm and know-how.  The Shop on the Prom project involved working with lots of businesses and the stunning photography captured for the campaign is testament to the ease with which they were able to work with the local community.  It has left us with a resource which we can use time and time again”

Sarah Woodford – Town Centre Coordinator for Portobello, The City of Edinburgh Council

Our hope is that the graphics will encourage visitors and locals of Portobello to make the most of the fantastic high street just a few short minutes away from the “Shop on the Prom” site and perhaps pull in some extra business over the summer.

A big thank you to everyone involved. Please do pop in and say hello next time you’re in Portobello!

Findlay’s the butcher, Isa May, Annie and Belle Cafe, The Fine Wine Company, The Front Room, Brian Forde, B.G. Cycles and Blades, Shapes, Joanne’s Dog Grooming, Mikes Tackle Shop, Artisan Gift & Gallery, Top Hat, In-House, Banana Republic, Favers Candy Emporium, Golder Bite, John Williamson Fishmonger, Flowers by Ray, Earthy, Molly Sugars, Potten Computer School, Joppa, Cove, Popeye’s, Marddocks and Dick, Deli 194, C.H. Robertson and H.S. Kidd Pharmacy.

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Dress Up for Dalry Shop Front Graphics

6274 worked with the Economic Development Department of North Ayrshire Council and local traders association Business Dalry to brighten up the windows and doors of a derelict local pub on a main junction of Dalry, Scotland.

Club Bar, Dalry Before the Dress Up for Dalry Project

 

Our task was to plan, photography, design, print and install fantastic new graphics to the disused shop front that would get the community involved and also provide a memorable impact for passers by.

Rather than providing our own graphic images that would make the former bar come alive we decided to make the project relevant to Dalry by having a photo shoot in an existing local pub and get the local people involved.

1960s and turn of the Century Window and Door Graphics

 

We planned each window to represent the town and the pub throughout the ages from the turn of the century, 1920s, WW2, 1960s, 1978 World cup to the present day. We also produced a new “Shop Local and Prosper” shop sign and produced a panel with all the businesses within the Business Dalry traders association.

The idea was to get local people to dress up in costumes that represented each era covered in our brief.

To help things along we provided our own costumes from specialists Haslemere Wardrobes as well as props and posters from various locations including the fantastic charity shop Cosgrove, to help make each photograph authentic to each era.  We then used our own photographer and design team to co-ordinate the night and even got involved in the photo shoot.

1978 World, Bertie Wooster (Ugly Guy With the Golf Clubs) and present day

 

We then went round each business in the town with posters to promote the photo shoot evening as well as sending out press releases to local papers and websites.

The photo shoot night at the Turf Inn, Dalry was a success and produced the fantastic photographs that we’re graphically enhanced for each window and door graphic.

1960s Photo Shoot at the Turf Inn

The Turf Inn Site for the Dress Up for Dalry Photo shoot

 

Once the final graphic displays were signed off we used our trusted suppliers and installation team to print photographic vinyl directly onto lightweight Corex board for the window and door panels and used Aluminum substrate dibond graphics for the main pub sign.

These were installed on Monday 2nd April and have already been a great talking point for local people and passers by.

1960s, 1900s, and World War 2 Images

 

Have a look next time you’re passing through Dalry.

The team at 6274 Public Art would be delighted to hear your comments on the project.

A massive thank you to everyone involved.

A special mention to Helen and Donald Harkness from the Turf Inn for all their effort.

All Dress Up For Dalry Images Below.

Please do get in touch on 0844 257 6274.

info@6274.co.uk