Some stunning artwork inspired by a local youth group’s work in Girvan is brightening up the town centre.
South Ayrshire Council says it is working hard to improve Girvan town centre and part of this involves funding an innovative art project to showcase the ideas of young people in the town transformed into stunning artwork.
The artwork reflects the fun that can be had in Girvan, creating happy memories of the seaside town that will last forever. It was decided that the artwork would be used on shop windows which were empty, helping landlords and retailers to brighten their premises and make the town more attractive.
Councillor Bill Grant, Economic, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “The idea of the project was to improve the look of two empty shop windows, one in Dalrymple Street and one in Knockchusan Street, using vibrant and nostalgic artwork.
“The colourful artwork visually improves the town centre making it look better and brighter and more inviting by making use of empty premises in a positive way. I hope that this will increase pride in the town and importantly encourage further businesses investment that will bring the units back into use.”
A group of young people from Glendoune worked with the artist Frank Carty who interpreted the young people’s ideas about the town and harbour and produced the boards for Knockcushan Street. The Dalrymple Street boards imagery is based on the work of Z1 - Girvan Youth Trust who supported Girvan through the summer with a beach front summer programme ‘Girvan − a day at the seaside − a lifelong memory’ and ran the boating lake and pitch and putt.
Here is what some of the young artists involved in the project had to say: “It brings life to the street - I was walking up the town and saw people looking at them - it made me feel proud.”
“It makes me feel proud. I’d like to do it again - anything that helps the town.”
“I’d like to paint all the houses in the town centre! “
“Seeing the art in the windows really makes me feel proud.”
“I really enjoyed taking part in the project.”
Councillor Grant added: “This project clearly demonstrates how easily a street can visually be improved, for both local residents and tourists. Working in partnership with the young people is a great way to get them involved in the regeneration of Girvan town centre. We are working hard to improve all our own centres to improve them for residents and visitors.
“It is a particularly exciting time for Girvan with lots to look forward to. Our Council has committed most of the funding for the new leisure and community facility and we are working with the local community to raise the rest of the funds.
“You can play your part by shopping locally and giving your support to local traders many of whom have long established and reliable businesses in Girvan and other towns in South Ayrshire.”
Another way in which new life is being breathed into Girvan businesses is through a Visual Merchandising Project which is taking place in the town. This project offers support to local businesses by advising the businesses how to present and sell products and services, create and image for the business and attract customers through the door.