Menzieshill Community Arts Project
28 June 2021 - 31 August 2021
The Menzieshill Outdoor Arts Project brought together residents and local artists to create a series of work that celebrated the vibrant community of Menzieshill.
Developed by Bethany Christian Trust’s Creative Expressions service through consultation with members of the community, the project consisted of a series of artist-led workshops in April 2021 followed by an open air art exhibition in May.
Residents of all ages explored different media working alongside textile artist Rhona Jack, photographer Ciara Menzies and street artist C. Gul, creating wonderful interventions that drew attention to the outdoor spaces in the neighbourhood and the creativity evident in Menzieshill.
The project was made possible thanks to the support of Inspiring Scotland’s Creative Communities fund.
Photographer Eoin Carey’s reflection
Menzieshill is the first part of Dundee you see as you approach from the South West, before anything else of the city is visible. It sits high over the surrounding neighbourhoods, almost above the clouds. It is the first to bare the wind, and the first to feel the sun. All roads that lead up, lead to it. It’s strange that an area of such altitude and such importance would not be commemorated with a monument.
But Menzieshill is a monument in itself. It spirals like a giant's fingerprint, pressed into the hilltop, with towers and pine trees sprouting over time from the whorls of old and new street names. Any community that develops and dwells at height, in permanent view of the rest of the city, is deserved of a monument, and I hope these images act in that way.
Bethany Christian Trust
Established in 1983, Bethany Christian Trust is a national charity working to end homelessness in Scotland. It supports almost 7,000 people each year, with services focusing on homelessness prevention, crisis intervention and housing with support. Creative Expressions is part of their homelessness prevention initiative, and aims to empower and support communities and individuals through the creative arts.