Go Forth Stirling has worked with the Street Stories team of design agency Arch Creative and Graffio Arts to deliver a new vacant units project, designed to improve the appearance of empty shops in the city centre and turn them into points of interest.
Working with eight local artists spanning a range of styles and mediums, ‘Street Stories’ celebrates the innovative achievements of pioneering people from Stirling, and also explores some powerful themes including archaeology, aviation, travel and evolution.
Follow the trail of artworks around the city and bring them to life with multi-sensory animations triggered by a free smartphone app. Download the Street Stories AR App now and discover Stirling’s Street Stories.
Go Forth Stirling BID represents close to 600 local businesses with a key objective of delivering projects and services which improve the area’s trading environment to benefit businesses, shoppers and visitors.
The BID was set up in September 2017 following a vote among the city’s traders and runs for an initial five-year term.
For more details visit www.goforthstirling.co.uk
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Lou Carberry is interested in exploring wide ranging topics relating to political concerns, mental health and environmental issues. In her work she draws on personal experiences and opinions to create and evoke strong emotional responses in the viewer. Louisa’s emerging practice focuses on spreading awareness on current issues that are important and need brought directly to the attention of society within the public realm.
The seven drawings making up Lou’s artworks represent the journey of people in Stirling reaching out for help with mental health. Understandably living through the uncertain times of the Covid-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges and the extended periods of self-isolation have had a detrimental impact on metal health. Now more than ever the Stirling community needs to come together. No one should feel alone so if you feel like you or any of your family or friends need a helping hand, then don’t hesitate to reach out as there are a number of local charities and services that can help.
Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87
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12A Upper Craigs, Stirling FK8 2DGView on map
Within Jacque’s practice, she experiments with an intuitive approach to a range of media, with the intention to achieve the most visually intriguing patterns, forms, and textures. Jacque works in a range of disciplines as she believes that themes and concepts dictate a genre, for example; installation through sculpture, print both traditional and digital, and prose. Some of the key themes in her artwork are; nature and the environment; life and humanity; journeys; the imagination and the made-up world.
Stirling is a city which is rooted in history, the Coneypark cist was found in 1979 in a burial mound. It is the oldest dated person and in the oldest dated cemetery. Bones were radiocarbon dated and found to be over four millennia old, within the date range 2152 to 2021 BC. Other Bronze Age finds near the city come from the area around Cambusbarron. It had been thought that the Randolphfield standing stones were more than 3000 years old but recent radiocarbon dating suggests they may date from the time of Bruce. The first recorded human activity in Stirling was recorded around 8000 years ago. Jacque’s artwork suggests a “birds eye view of the earth” and resembles the texture of stone, using the colours of moss and lichen which can be linked back to the standing stones.Where to find/
21 Port St, Stirling FK8 2EJView on map
Michael Corr is an award-winning contemporary painter and mural artist, who is based at his garden studio space in Alloa, Scotland. His work centres around portrait painting with an emphasis on colour and spontaneous mark making. Graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Corr’s formal training as a Graphic Designer along with a primary interest in expressive art, have developed into a uniquely powerful style of painting and drawing.
Robert Burns, known as Rabbie, is the most famous of all Scottish poets, regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement. Burns is heavily linked to Stirling, and there are numerous attractions across the city which commemorate his life including the statue located near The Albert Halls. In 1787 when Burns visited Stirling he was involved in a controversial incident when he engraved his unflattering opinion of the town one the window pane of Wingate’s Inn (now the Golden Lion Hotel). In just ten lines, he summed up how Stirling, from where the Stewart kings had ruled Scotland, had lost all power, and the roof of its Palace, with its magnificent Stirling Heads. Burns regretted the poem as it was seditious, and he attempted to remove the engraving from the Inn window, later re-writing the poem. Michael Corr’s graffiti style contemporary interpretation of Robert Burn’s portrait has been brought to life with animation, and the artist has recorded the poem ‘Lines of Stirling’ with Michael commenting this is ‘Burns, as you’ve never seen him before.’Where to find/
15 - 17 Port Street Stirling, FK8 2EJView on map
Roisin Mackenzie a self taught fluid and abstract artist from Stirling. She developed a passion for fluid art only last year when she joined an art group as a way of expressing her creative side during the lockdown. She quickly became hooked on the unpredictable nature of fluid art and started to experiment with different styles. Roisin loves to experiment with different colour palettes and she draws inspiration from things seen in everyday life.
The River Forth meanders over fertile farmlands and rises in the Trossachs, a mountainous area 19 miles west of Stirling. The river has been used in a variety of ways throughout the years, and the artist’s artworks in the different windows tell individual stories of trade and transportation the river has experienced as the Forth was the frontier of the land journey North South. All three of Roisin’s pieces have been inspired by the movement of the River Forth. The black and white artwork in the first windows represent the river during the 16th and 17th century as it was a hub for trading and exporting in Scotland during that period. The second piece represents the activity of the river during the World Wars and finally the last vibrant piece represents the river today, symbolising the regeneration and growth happening in Stirling.Where to find/
8-14 Murray PlaceView on map
David Galletly is an illustrator and graphic designer. His clients include Begg x Co, Innis & Gunn, NHS, Pringle 1815, Glasgow Film, WIRED, and The Hollywood Reporter. Alongside client work, David exhibits original artwork in solo and group shows in the UK and overseas. After 8 years of living and working in Glasgow, David has recently returned to Stirling, his hometown, where he has built his new studio in the Made in Stirling creative hub.
Stirling gives tourists a vibrant offering that is hard to match elsewhere in the world. From our world class historic attractions such as The National Wallace Monument, The Old Town Jail, Stirling Castle and the Battle of Bannockburn Centre, we’re proud that Stirling attracts visitors from all over the world and has created a beautiful cityscape. David Galletly’s illustration takes this iconic Stirling cityscape, and introduces a giant tourist taking photographs of the city. Stirling has become a more popular tourist destination for people of all ages due to its growing alternative music and art scene, and exciting events such as its local photography festival and the Bloody Scotland festival. Tourism is at the heart of Stirling’s prosperity, so with ambitious investment the future of travel and tourism looks promising.
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New trail location to be announced soon.View on map
Born in Stirling, Malcolm trained locally at Monument Dance Centre before continuing his education professionally at Central School of Ballet in London. Malcolm spent seven years performing with the Ballett Staatstheater Nürnberg before leaving the company in 2015. Since then, Malcolm has continued to develop his own choreographic work which has been performed in many different places and contexts, whilst also gaining his MA Choreography in 2018. His work aims to delve deeper into understanding our human nature and to unravel the mysteries around our existence.
Stirling has a rich history of the performing arts, with many unique and varied theatres. The oldest of these is the Town Hall Theatre built in 1882 which later become known as the Arcade Theatre and around 1914, the Alhambra Theatre. The Olympia Variety Hall first opened in 1909 providing film nights with its own band, music hall artistes, singers, dancers, acrobats, instrumentalists and pantomimists. Today, Stirling’s tradition of performing arts still exists, with a more contemporary twist in the variety of theatre and dance schools and has a number of award winning cultural arts venues for live performance such as The Tolbooth, The Albert Halls and The MacRobert Arts Centre.
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50B Murray Place FK8 2BXView on map
Jacqueline Marr is one of Scotland’s finest figurative contemporary artists, she predominantly paints the figure in oils, patiently producing a small number of paintings each year. Much emphasis is placed on the mastery of her skill and her perfectionist style which is evident throughout the exquisite detail and every brushstroke. Her use of light at times echoes her influence of the old master techniques employed by Caravaggio and Rembrandt famed for their use of chiaroscuro.
Most people know the Wright brothers as famous pioneers of early aviation, however Stirlingshire’s Barnwell Brothers were our very own aviation heroes. Frank Barnwell (born 1880) and Harold Barnwell (born 1878) were born in Lewisham, London, but soon moved to Elcho House in Balfron in 1882. In July 1909, The Barnwell brothers achieved a pioneering moment in Scotland’s history: The first powered flight. Their aircraft took off, reached an altitude of 13ft and travelled eighty yards before being damaged on its landing. Sadly both brothers were fatally killed in separate aircraft crash incidents, but their legacy lives on in their many aeronautic achievements. The first unpowered flight for Scotland was also in Stirling in the 16th Century at James IVth court.
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New trail location to be announced soon.View on map
Rachel Davies is a professional mosaic artist based in Dunblane. She uses slate, stone and glass to create her artwork, cutting and placing each individual piece by hand. Her work often focuses on creating textures and patterns to highlight the beauty of the natural materials she uses.
Stirling’s landscape is made up of an extensive range of materials, including the slate that can be seen on the roofs of many iconic historical buildings across the City. Rachel’s mosaic artworks are created using, and celebrating, the local raw materials of Scotland, and the animation tells the story of the construction of Stirling Castle. Slate was once one of the most important building materials in Scotland, with a thriving industry boasting over 80 quarries. Today, it still covers the roofs of many of the older buildings across the city.Where to find/
The Stirling Arcade, King St, Stirling FK8 1AXView on map
Trossachs Distillery in Callander, overlooked by the majestic Ben Ledi, is the home of McQueen Gin, handcrafted with Passion, Honesty and Integrity. Dale and Vicky McQueen founded the company in 2015, and from the beginning, they were all about flavour, differentiation and community, opening their first town centre shop in Stirling in 2019.
Celebrating the inspiration behind the award-winning distillery.
Callander and the Trossachs national park gives visitors a unique and picturesque experience that cannot be matched by anything else in the world. Undoubtedly, this beautiful scenery has impacted the gin mavericks at McQueen gin, whom their environment has inspired to create the ‘worlds coolest label.’ By scanning any of McQueen Gins core range products via the dedicated McQueen Gin app, each bottle showcases the hidden inner secrets of McQueen Gin with a unique full-length animation, giving the drinker a bombardment of all the senses. All the Augmented Reality labels can be scanned at the window of the McQueen Gin Emporium on Stirling’s Port Street.Where to find/
18 Port Street Stirling, FK8 2LDView on map