A work of art on display at Newburgh

The mural depicting the history of the village which has gone on display at Newburgh Mathers School.
The mural depicting the history of the village which has gone on display at Newburgh Mathers School.

A two-year community art project has been completed charting the history of an Aberdeenshire village.

The creative efforts were put on display at Newburgh Mathers School with a special guest to open the event.

Olive Matthew, 90, whose family ran the local Matthew’s Store, praised all those who had contributed to a large mural, capturing Newburgh’s rich and varied past, which has gone on permanent display on a wall in the school playground.

She said: “I was amazed when I heard about what had been done. The children will be able to look back on this in years to come and say they were involved in it.”

The school invited artist and parent Jane Bradford to work with pupils and other local children of all ages to create an artwork based around local history.

She said: “The mural can clearly be seen from outside the school playground as well as inside.

“It is hoped that it will not only be a colurful addition to the village for all the people who live there to enjoy and be proud of, but will also serve as a permanent visual record of Newburgh’s history for present and future generations to talk about and learn from.”

The map was made from a collage of the young people’s drawings, paintings and prints which uniquely highlights Newburgh life over the years.

The image was digitally transferred on to weatherproof ceramic tiles using a new and innovative technology.

Head teacher Ian Stephen said: “The pupils have taken part in a truly community art project and we are proud of what has been achieved.”

The opening last week was attended by pupils, parents and villagers and included a display inside the school.

Aberdeenshire Council’s director of education, Maria Walker, said: “It is wonderful to see the community working closely with a locally-based artist to produce something that is eye-catching, of high quality and of lasting value.”

The project was supported by donations from local businesses, as well as community and arts funds administered by the council.