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Art Project Celebrated in Exhibition

Monday July 19 2021

Menzieshill Outdoor Art Project. Picture by Eoin Carey

An art project run by a Christian charity is documented in a public exhibition on Dundee Waterfront throughout this summer.

Bethany Christian Trust’s Menzieshill Outdoor Art project, which started in April, has been documented by photographer Eoin Carey and will be displayed at the Dundee Waterfront Development as part of the Sharing Not Hoarding public art project.

The images celebrate the creativity of residents who worked alongside local artists to create a series of artworks within the community of Menzieshill. Developed by Bethany Christian Trust’s Creative Expressions service through consultation with members of the community, the Menzieshill Outdoor Art Project consisted of a series of artist led workshops in April followed by an open air art exhibition in May.

Residents of all ages explored different media working alongside textile artist Rhona Jack, photographer Ciara Menzies and street artist C. Gul, creating installations that drew attention to the outdoor spaces in the neighbourhood and the creativity evident in Menzieshill.

Eoin Carey writes: “Menzieshill is the first part of Dundee you see as you approach from the South West, before anything else of the city is visible. It sits high over the surrounding neighbourhoods, almost above the clouds... It’s strange that an area of such altitude and such importance would not be commemorated with a monument… Any community that develops and dwells at height, in permanent view of the rest of the city, is deserved of a monument, and I hope these images act in that way.”

The Menzieshill Outdoor Art Project aims to strengthen ties within Menzieshill, breaking down barriers as well as providing an enriching creative experience for adults and young people in an area that has few such opportunities, particularly during the COVID-19 crisis. It has been supported by Inspiring Scotland’s Creative Communities fund, which is working to empower local communities to develop new arts initiatives.

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