A selection of doors throughout the city centre are being transformed into works of art as Aberdeen Inspired’s latest project gets underway.
Local artists are working on a number of sites with the aim of creating living art and brightening up the heart of the Granite City. The first of its kind in Scotland, the painted doors initiative is based on a popular model which was carried out in Madeira, Portugal.
Falling under the business organisation’s Summer of Art theme, which also includes the hugely popular ongoing Play Me, I’m Yours initiative, locations for the painted doors will start at Langstane Place and Windmill Brae and progress to The Green and Correction Wynd. Aberdeen Inspired is aiming to decorate up to 12 doors in the city centre under the project.
Painter and glassmaker Shelagh Swanson kicked off the project by turning a door on Windmill Brae into a colourful contemporary canvas. She will be followed this week by Mary Butterworth, acclaimed for her intriguing night scenes of Aberdeen, who will begin working on the neighbouring door to Shelagh’s artwork.
Gray’s School of Art graduate and full-time artist Ade Adesina will also be transforming a door at Langstane Place, while Katie Guthrie, who takes her inspiration from skate and snowboard culture, will work on one in the Green, alongside Scottish artist Cosmic Nuggets.
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “Our Summer of Art campaign is about making art and culture accessible to all, as well as being a great way to utilise and brighten up spaces in the city centre.
“Everyone at Aberdeen Inspired has been working hard to make these projects a reality and it is fantastic to see the public’s reaction to our ongoing Play Me, I’m Yours initiative.
“We are sure that our Painted Doors project will prove just as popular and add vibrant and fun splashes of colour to the city centre. It will be fantastic to see the artworks pop up on doors throughout the city centre.
“Shelagh’s design on the door at Windmill Brae is stunning and we can’t wait to see what type of designs the other artists come up with. Their response to this project has been incredible and I would like to thank them for giving up their time to make it a reality.”