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Heritage Mural Project with Blameless Art Collective

As part of our community programme, we are working with Blameless Art Collective on a new project with young people from around Fountainbridge, to create a mural inspired by the unique heritage of our future home at Castle Mills and the surrounding area.  The mural will also contribute to local community plans to revitalise the ‘hoardings’ that border the sites around Castle Mills at Gilmore Park, the Union Canalside and Fountainbridge. 

Castle Mills, North British Rubber Company - South Mill Early 20th Century. Artist unknown.

Mrs Barber paints Humpty Dumpties on hot water bottles, 1958.  © The Scotsman Publ Ltd

The mural project kicks off in May with workshop sessions in schools and community centres around the Fountainbridge area led by Blameless artists and EP.  Workshops will combine drawing, collage and digital techniques to create an awesome and original mural design in collaboration with Blameless. 

Page from North British Rubber Company product catalogue (date unknown).

Page from archive catalogue advertising one of many types of welly boot made by the North British Rubber Company

To inspire participants there will be the chance to look at amazing mural art from all over the world as well as old archive photos, product catalogues (not just welly boots!) and other fascinating relics from the North British Rubber Company.  We also hope that older people with memories of the area, or who used to work in ‘the Rubber Mill’, can join us at the workshops to share their stories.

Page from bespoke rubber flooring catalogue made to order by the North British Rubber Company

Once the design is complete and ready to transfer to the hoardings on the Union Canalside, a team of young people will join Blameless to start painting the mural on site.  Painting is planned to commence Sunday 10 June and we aim to finish in time for the Union Canalside Festival on Saturday 16 June – so look out for us there!  In the meantime, to whet your appetite, check out this video of Blameless’ Halmyre Street mural for Leith Late.

This project was made possible through a successful grant application to City of Edinburgh Local Events Fund along with funding from Heritage Lottery, the Gannochy Trust and the support of generous individuals for our arts and heritage activities programme.