Kirkintilloch is at the art of the community

Canal festival 2010 - Metal Madness, historical demo of former kirkintilloch foundry industrial legacy. By Hillhead Artists
Canal festival 2010 - Metal Madness, historical demo of former kirkintilloch foundry industrial legacy. By Hillhead Artists

PEOPLE are being offered the chance to get to the art of ‘Kirkintilloch’s Industrial Past’ thanks to a £50,000 funding boost.

Two artists will work in Hillhead as part of a year-long programme focusing on the traditional industries of forge, foundry and ceramics from three specific time periods.

They will arrange workshops and a variety of community celebrations for the residents of Kirkintilloch.

East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust secured the £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The scheme will be run through the Hillhead Sculpture Studios Project and the aim is to encourage local people to embrace their history and discover artistic skills.

Councillor Amanda Stewart, chairperson of the trust, said: “The Heritage Learning ‘Artist in Residence’ Programme is an excellent idea, which will hopefully bring the community together through fun activities and inspiration from the artists.”

“Having two talented artists to inspire and motivate local people is a huge privilege which I am sure many people will benefit from.”

Programme organisers would like to hear from volunteers with an interest in sculptural arts, forge foundry and ceramics who are willing to get involved as helpers. If you are interested call 0141 777 3092.