Activities included beachcombing, butterfly spotting, planting and playing games together. The funding has been secured in partnership with Dundee University Students Union (DUSA) and students have various roles supporting the project, such as volunteering at outdoor sessions and helping with promotion.
Kate Tweddle and Elaine Maher, artists from creative recycling organisation Scrap Antics (https://scrapantics.co.uk/) and Infinite Sky Murals (https://infiniteskymurals.com/) facilitated families to design and paint a nature themed mural. The finished mural was unveiled at Fruit Bowls Garden with friends and other family members in attendance. The artwork features wildlife next to a Scottish loch and will be on display first at the Dundee University Freshers Fair in September, and then at Fruit Bowls Garden in Lochee Park.
Children enjoyed making the mural and being together outdoors: “I learnt how to draw animals and other flowers and stuff” (Roaa), “I learnt it’s good to mix paint and good to concentrate and focus on art. Everyone comes from different countries and you can make friends with them” (Poppy). “Mural looks cool and makes everything better, and the colours make it clear. I learnt how to use a brush” (Jad), “I learnt that more than 30 animals are in one picture. I love art! It was amazing” (Sophie), “My favourite thing was doing the painting and meeting people” (Che Che).
Families had taken a number of pictures during the art and outdoor sessions which they shared with the artists, who then created the video you can see on the page.
The project will continue until June next year and aims to bring families together safely, building relationships and fostering social connections following the pandemic. There will be further exhibitions of artwork and activities to improve the environment, including making homes for wildlife, tree planting, a community clean up and promoting biodiversity through sowing wildflowers.
Families with children and living in Dundee are very welcome to join future sessions. To find out more information please contact Neil Crutchley, Community Engagement Worker at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07837559397.