The latest two pieces in a series of ‘shutter art’ have been unveiled on Leith Walk. Both works form part of a project that transforms blank shop shutters along Edinburgh’s iconic thoroughfare into a canvas for local artists to showcase their talents.
The fourth shutter is the work of Bernie Reid, at Jalal’s Fair Trade Café. Bernie’s artwork is in line with his recent figurative work and clearly depicts elements of the café and its relaxed surroundings.
The penultimate shutter can be found at the restaurant, Origano. This artwork is by Richie Cumming who incorporated a sketch that the owner’s grandfather did in 70s New York, alongside a sparrow in flight.
Both of these works add to the project by highlighting the talent in the local area. The final shutter will be finished in time for the annual LeithLate community multi-arts event which begins in June.
Cllr Frank Ross, Convener of the Economy Committee, said: "It is great to see businesses and artists working together in life to improve the look and feel of the area. Having these colourful additions to shopfronts helps to create a positive impression of Leith, especially after hours."
Richie Cumming said: “I think the shutter project is a great initiative and I am really proud to be able contribute positively to the visual landscape of the city I live in.”
Bernie Reid said: "I have lived in Leith most of my life and to have the opportunity to take part in the Shutter Project means that I can bring together my passion for public art / street art and my love of the place I live. I just hope more people take part and hopefully, at some point, Leith Walk can be a shutter gallery that all Leithers can be proud of."
The project is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council's I Love Leith initiative which is part of the Council's programme to build stronger town centres in Edinburgh and LeithLate, Leith's annual multi-arts event. LeithLate is committed to celebrating Leith's vibrant cultural community by showcasing local and international talent across art spaces and businesses, situated within the locality of Leith and the Walk.
Other shutters in the series completed to date include : Gamesmasters Games Exchange which took on a 2D retro gaming-style 'landscape' and Paradigm Shift whose shutter theme was designed to reflect the cosmos - a tie in with the star gazing equipment sold in the shop.
The last artist in The Shutter Project will be Liana Moran on the Inner City Sanctum.