Thursday, 1 September 2016

Painted Doors Aberdeen Project!

By some cosmic power shift it appears that Aberdeen City Council has finally seen the light and has rolled out a couple of public art initiatives which bring some colour and vibrancy to the Grey City. And don't get me wrong, I find the granite of Aberdeen beautiful, we have some incredible architecture and a heritage to be proud of even if the council doesn't think its a heritage worth investing in (ahem, Rubislaw Quarry). Politics aside, Aberdeen Inspired have spearheaded a couple of initiatives in the form of both the Painted Doors Aberdeen project and the recent graffiti / street art event Release The Pressure.

I'll cover Release The Pressure in a separate post so lets look at the Painted Doors Project. The concept is pretty simple, select a bunch of doors along a certain route and get local artists to paint them The chosen route stretches from Boozy Cow up on Langstane Place right the down to The Green. There's certainly enough back doors along the route that's for sure but who's actually going to paint them? This is where local artist Mary Butterworth comes in. I recently met Mary for the first time despite having probably crossed paths hundreds of times. Mary has been tasked with co-ordinating the artists for each door and curating what will become a new art trail through the city centre. And its no easy job, making sure the artists work will fit with the doors, gaining permission from the various local business to paint the doors and also making sure the different artists work sits well together is no small feat but luckily we have an incredible wealth of creative talent in the city!

So who are the artists? So far around 11 or 12 doors have been painted but not all of them are complete. Shelagh Swanson kicked things off with a burst of colour on Windmill Brae followed by Sam aka Cosmic Nuggets and Katie aka KMG Yeah with 2 super fun doors on the green, each emblazoned with their own unique characters and styles. Mary herself has taken on a door next to the stairs which bring you to the green while Ade Adesina has made a start on a door right up on Langstane Place, just across from his studio in Wasps. Last week saw Caitlin Hynes and Tomasz Wrobel both tackle spots at The Green while Stuart Allan and Ugly People completed some joint doors up on Windmill Brae. A pretty solid selection so far and all artists I've featured on the blog in the past with more artists and doors being lined up for the coming weeks.

Also as an add on some of the artists from the Release The pressure jam decorated a few doors down at the back of the Trinity Centre with some of the UK's top graff heads creating beautiful works including Inkie, Elphone and Betarok75. Its been great to have so much happening in and being able to stumble across fresh artworks by some of Aberdeen's hidden talent and other well known names and hopefully it can set a precedent for future events and public art walls. In the mean time keep an eye on the Painted Doors Aberdeen instagram, thanks to Mary & Aberdeen Inspired for making it happen and here's to more street art in the Grey City!