Ellon art project gathers pace

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Work on a mural in the centre of Ellon will get under way next week.

It is part of Ellon Public Art Project which is aimed at brightening up parts of the town.

The River Ythan near Ellon town centre

The River Ythan near Ellon town centre

The mural will be painted by three artists from Monday to Friday at the Bridge Street shopping centre.

The work will lead to a colourful transformation of the large wall opposite Delicious Takeaway and Coffee Bar.

Tracy Gibb, owner of Delicious and a member of the art project committee, said they hoped people would come along during the week and see the mural taking shape.

She told the Times: “We are hoping it will make it more attractive for local people to shop at the centre and give the area a bit of a lift.

We are hoping it will make it more attractive for local people to shop at the centre and give the area a bit of a lift

Tracy Gibb Ellon Public Art Project

“We want people to come down during the week, watch it being done and they can speak to the artists. It will take five days and the painting will take place from around 10 until 4.”

The mural will incorporate themes from the River Ythan which the artists found during walks around the town.

The art project, alongside Glasgow-based textile design studio Bespoke Atelier, organised a tote bag printing workshop outside Delicious last month and the event was rated a great success.

It was available for all ages and children and adults enjoyed taking part.

Those who joined in were able to use pre-exposed screens with images of native plants found in an around Ellon.

Everyone was then able to take away their bags and show them off in the community.

Tracy said: “The aim of the art initiative is to carry out projects to improve parts of the town.

“We want to involve people and make the town centre a brighter place for them to come and visit.”