Young and creative pupils help shape future

Kilwinning pupils are playing a creative role in the regeneration of their town centre.

Second year Art and Design pupils at Kilwinning Academy are producing designs to create a mural made of ceramic tiles to decorate a tunnel leading from the shops and Abbey to the car park area.

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The winning designs have been chosen on the theme of ‘Interpretations of Kilwinning,’ and the project run by Irvine Bay Regeneration Company also involves the expertise of an artist to support and guide the work.

The project has also been supported by the Glasgow School of Art, where the pupils were taught how to transfer their images on to ceramic tiles. Students have helped the youngsters to create the final, selected designs.

Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of Irvine Bay, said: “We are committed to an holistic approach to regeneration – it is about more than bricks and mortar. Involving our young people in the future of their towns is a vital part of the process, and in getting involved they learn new skills.

“For the pupils the project will contribute to the new curriculum – a Curriculum for Excellence. They have also had to apply their learning in the context of the local area, gaining skills for life and work through meeting a real life design brief.”

It is planned that the tile mural will be prepared and installed by the Spring.

Find out more about the tile mural on our project page.