Heritage Renewed, Talent Celebrated: Street Art Project
“ Graffiti art is a powerful medium that can be used to unleash creative expression, energise environments, galvanise the viewer and unite communities.
Marc Delaye (Street Art Project Leader)
The results of the Merkinch Welfare Hall: Fit for the Future Street Art project were hung on the hoardings outside of the Merkinch Welfare Hall restoration. The artwork was inspired by the past and future use of the Merkinch Welfare Hall: the Temperance Movement, the early 20th century architecture and the future boxing club They were created by pupils from Inverness High School, with guidance and tuition provided by expert street artist Marc Delaye.
There are twelve panels for the Street Are project: the first five represent the past and present. The past is depicted through the temperance movement "Catch-My-Pal Union" with the clear message of the drunk man and the women who were fighting temptation. The present is represented in the panels with the Merkinch Welfare Hall appearing derelict.
On Friday 19th August 2016, the Graffiti Street Art project panels were exchanged, with the second part of the design being displayed outside the Hall. These additional seven panels represent the Hall being "fit for the future" as a vibrant boxing club. The young artists from Inverness High School were on hand to inspect the work and field questions from the press! The new panels look forward, celebrating the future use of the Hall as the new home of the Inverness Boxing Club.
Taking part in the project from Inverness High School were Chloe Connell, Caitlin Mackintosh, James Newlands, Michael Shields-Stevenson, Louise Watt, Caitlin Hunter, Aidyn Jones, Kuba Logocki, Jack Mackenzie, Chantelle McLeod and Calum Stewart.
Further info: Freshpaint: Street Art Project "FIT FOR THE FUTURE"