Hawick High School gets creative on Commercial Road

Senior pupils from Hawick High School have been working on a project with artist Andrew MacKenzie and art teacher Judith Murray to produce a piece of community art for their town. All the pupils who took part are keen to pursue a career in the art sector and were able to learn about the life of a working artist by participating in the project.

The pupils explored the genre of landscape art by visiting the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh and studying works in the collection. They also visited Borders College Art and Design Department, Edinburgh College of Art and Moray House to find out about career pathways in the arts.

The group then worked with Andrew over the space of four days, sketching in the Hawick landscape, to produce a collaborative artwork. The results are now on display along the town’s Commercial Road.

This project was facilitated by Scottish Borders Council’s Creative Learning Team and Hawick High School. Funding and additional support were also provided by Education Scotland, Hawick Community Council, Hawick High School and local businesses GLS, JT Dove and Homebase.

Gavin Stevenson from GLS Hawick said: “On behalf of Wilton Mills Ltd, I am delighted that we have been able to provide an opportunity for S5/6 pupils at Hawick High to become involved in our project on Commercial Road. Both Mr MacKenzie and Mrs Murray have shown great support of their charges. I fully appreciate the amount of work and effort that has gone into the completion of this project.”

Headteacher at Hawick High, Kevin McClory added: “We are very grateful to Creative Learning Network for their generous funding which has enabled us to offer some of our senior art and design pupils an expressive art experience which has not only stimulated and educated them, but also developed their creativity and art skills. The contributions to the project made by GLS, JT Dove and Homebase are also greatly appreciated and we now hope the local community will take the time to enjoy the colourful and expressive piece of art that has been created.”