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News | 7th November 2019
 

Mural trail explores Langholm’s heritage

 
 
 

A LANGHOLM-BASED arts organisation officially launched its new High Street hub last Sunday.
OutPost Arts, which is in the former Blue Moon shop, welcomed adults and children to take part in all sorts of creative activities during the day.
Leading the event at The Look Out was Lucy MacLeod, OutPost Arts’ creative director.
The occasion was also used to launch Mural Stories, a project to decorate walls in Langholm with murals.


Residents may have seen The Little White Rose on the side of the E&L office and the mural depicting history and culture, designed by school pupils, in The Look Out.
Last weekend Lucy had intended to start work on a mural on an outside wall of Welcome to Langholm but it was too wet to proceed with that.
A painted mural by Blossom McCuiag of Dumfries was on display and it will be mounted on the wall in Laird’s Entry once it is fully protected.
Blossom did some research into the textile industry in Langholm and the role women played in it.
She said a lot of the focus in the past had been on the mill owners and the mills but the women workers had played an important part in their success.
Her mural depicts women handing down the threads through the generations, reinforcing those connections.
All the artists taking part in Mural Stories have worked with schoolchildren who have helped to come up with ideas for the artworks.
A short video, made by Sian Yeshe, was broadcast in The Look Out last Sunday showing how the artists inspired the pupils to explore their culture.
There was a workshop doing painting, drawing and lino-cuts and they have been hung on the walls.
OutPost Arts is now looking for more ideas for murals and sites to place them.
A Mural Stories trail map has been produced so people can walk around the town and experience them for themselves.

 
 
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