Artwork put on display in the Broch

Geoff Roberts, Cllr Brian Topping and members of the Arts Club.
Geoff Roberts, Cllr Brian Topping and members of the Arts Club.

Artwork created by the Fraserburgh community as part of a project to make improvements to the local area was put on display recently.

Fraserburgh Community Artist in Residence, Geoff Roberts, is working with the community to explore the town’s heritage and people’s aspirations for Fraserburgh’s future.

More than 100 local people have already contributed to the project, which began in February, by taking part in workshops to make their own individual mosaic boats and fish models.

These models were brought together to form a colourful mosaic flotilla artwork at an event last Saturday at Fraserburgh Heritage Centre.

An exhibition of work in progress was also on display at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in the Broch.

Both events were open to the public and free of charge.

This first stage of the Fraserburgh Artist in Residence project was funded by Aberdeenshire Council’s Be Part of the Picture programme, which is engaging with local communities to shape a refreshed identity for Aberdeenshire.

Geoff Roberts is working with the community to explore the history and heritage of Fraserburgh and support improvements to local surroundings.

Using the information he gathers, the artist will come up with proposals for improving the passageway connecting Saltoun Square and Castle Street, and the route from Saltoun Square to heritage attractions in Fraserburgh.

Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster said: “There has been a fantastic response from the local community to this project and you can see residents having fun learning mosaic skills whilst influencing the design and improvement of their local surroundings.”

Chair of Banff and Buchan Area Committee, Councillor John Cox, said: “We hope that in the long term this will provide a boost for Fraserburgh’s ongoing regeneration and we want to thank the whole community and local businesses for getting involved in the project.”