P1060215[1]Local artist, Sarah Wakeford has been working with local schools exploring the history of Falkirk’s shops. The project ‘First Impressions’ was delivered as part of our Community Engagement Plan, and was aimed at Upper Primary Pupils.  Four schools took part, Victoria, Comely Park, Laurieston and St Andrews Primary Schools.

The project explored two main areas, the architecture and the signage of historic shopfronts. During the project, pupils had a field trip to Falkirk Town Centre to explore historic shop features that have survived. Most of these date from the 1930’s!

The pupils then took part in a programme of three workshops with the artist and created their own shop names and designed signs for the shops.

The artist Sarah Wakeford said “I really enjoyed taking part in this project. The pupils have achieved so much in such a short time, and they have shown great artistic talent”.  Find out more about the project and what the schools did on the project blog and have a look at the photo gallery below.

An exhibition of the artwork produced is on display at 53 Manor Street, Falkirk. It is open 12.00 – 15.00, Thursday to Saturday until 12th November. Each school has created a different art installation for this exhibition.

If you want to see more of Sarah’s work please visit her website.

Key Contacts:

Sarah Wakeford, Lead Artist                    Julia Branch, THI Heritage Engagement Officer

Email: mail@wakefordstudios.com          Email: julia.branch@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Website: www.wakeford.com                   Telephone: 01324 614 061