Mural Taking Shape for Port Glasgow Railway Station
AÂ colourfulÂ mural representing Port Glasgowâ€™s heritage is taking shape.
The mural that is being created by local artists Karen Orr and Jim Strachan from RIG Arts, will soon find a home in Port Glasgow Railway Station. It will measure 56ft across 14 panels and will be placed on either side of the stationâ€™s entrance corridor.
The idea for the mural originated from the Port Glasgow Town Centre Regeneration Forum as part of its discussions on actions adopted from the townâ€™s Charrette in 2014, one of which was to improve the attractiveness of the station.
Riverside Inverclydeâ€™s Chair Gerry McCarthy said : â€œThis is one of a number of initiatives currently in play as part of the ongoing regeneration of Port Glasgowâ€™s town centre. The railway station was highlighted by the townâ€™s residents and businesses as requiring some improvement, and we are pleased to be supporting the Forumâ€™s desire for additional artwork to increase attractiveness of the station and to act as a welcome for people visiting the townâ€?.
The opportunity to develop this project arose when ScotRailâ€™s Community Liaison Manager and a member of the Forum, John Yellowlees, advised the group of the ScotRail Culture and Arts Fund. Riverside Inverclyde seized the opportunity to make a joint application with local community arts organisation RIG Arts to create a community-based mural celebrating Port Glasgowâ€™s past and present.
The application was successful, with RIG Arts being awarded Â£5,000 â€“ a figure that was match funded by Riverside Inverclyde to enable to project to go ahead.
RIG Arts then consulted with the Port Glasgow Community Association, St Johnâ€™s Primary Schoolâ€™s P7 pupils, and the Port Glasgow Old Menâ€™s Club in order to devise the 14 panel designs to be erected within the stationâ€™s corridor.
Karen Orr of RIG Arts said : The mural celebrates Port Glasgow's rich cultural heritage and vibrant community which will create a memorable and striking welcome to the town giving visitors and commuters a real sense of what Port Glasgow is like now and what it was like in the past. It has been a fantastic project.
Port Glasgow Town Centre Regeneration Forumâ€™s Chair, Councillor Michael McCormick said : â€œArts and creativity can play a huge role in regeneration and this mural is a fantastic idea to bring space into use. This is a project identified by the community through the charrette process and being delivered through the town centre regeneration forum which sprang from that. It shows the benefit of having the community at the heart of regeneration.â€?
The mural will be unveiled this Autumn.