On your marks, get set, decorate!

Pupils unveil Meadowbank masterpieces to brighten building site.

Kids meadowbank jadu
Kids meadowbank jadu

The site of the old Meadowbank Sports Centre is looking marvellous after being decorated by budding young artists.

Children and teachers from Royal High Primary and Abbeyhill Primary have worked with Artist Heather Lucchesi of Lightbulb Arts to brighten up wooden hoardings surrounding the closed sports centre.

Plans to demolish the building will be progressed later this year, following Council Planning Permission for a brand new £47m community-use sports centre.

Thanks to the imaginative collage, the outskirts of the site now feature drawings, paintings, press-prints and cut out artworks inspired by memories of sport and children’s impressions of the new centre.

The project had an intergenerational aspect with the memories and experiences of local elderly residents in Gordon Court and a group at Northfield Community Centre recounted to staff and children.

Artist Heather Lucchesi pulled together the pupils’ artworks into a final design which has been enlarged, printed and mounted onto hoardings. Heather said of the experience: “I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with the children. They were so welcoming, energetic and full of ideas. I tried to capture this feeling in the artwork. That’s why it is such a busy, lively image.”

The unveiling was attended by the Council’s Convenor of Communities and Families, Councillor Ian Perry, and Vice Convener of Culture and Communities, Councillor Amy McNeese-Mechan, who helped pupils cut the ribbon to much excitement and applause.

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