Academy artwork designs

An 18th Century diary from Kinharrachie is among the items which have been gathered.
An 18th Century diary from Kinharrachie is among the items which have been gathered.

Local residents are being invited to take part in a project to create an iconic piece of artwork for the new Ellon Academy Community Campus.

Pupils are working towards the design of integrated artworks for the under-construction school and community campus at Cromleybank.

The latest artwork, called Hand to Hand, is about the way memories are handed down from person to person, often through stories linked with keepsakes.

Pupils have been photographing a wide variety of objects which are significant for the stories that they tell about the North-east and the people who live in the area. Each object is photographed in the hands of someone for whom it has a particular significance.

Local people are being asked to get involved by taking part in a public session at Ellon Library on Saturday (March 15) from 10am until noon.

The academy project’s lead artist Mary Bourne said: “We are inviting people to bring along an object that is precious to them, and to tell us their story about that object and what it means to them.

“The object will be photographed and their story recorded. It can be anything at all, so long as it has a special meaning and can be held in your hands to be photographed.

“A selection of the photographs and their stories will form a part of this artwork in the atria of the new building and we plan to include all the objects photographed in a publication to celebrate the opening of the new community campus facility.”

Objects gathered so far include a signed photograph of Eddie Stobart, a 10,000-year-old axe and an 18th Century diary from Kinharrachie.

Each object has its own story, but together they add up to a portrait of the Ellon community through the years. Community groups are also welcome to participate. Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Mary Bourne on