Published: 12/11/2017 07:00 - Updated: 10/11/2017 10:55

City buildings help inspire exhibition at the Victorian Market

Written byVal Sweeney


Inverness Girls' Brigade members with some of the artworks they have created.

AN exhibition highlighting historic landmarks in Inverness city centre has been put together by a youth organisation.

The Victorian Market Re-photography exhibition, which has opened at the city’s museum and art gallery, has been curated by members of the 2nd Inverness Girls’ Brigade.

It is part of an ongoing project which began with a series of workshops attended by a group of local photographers.

They interpreted historic pictures of the Victorian Market and Academy Street and then went out to retake the same shots, capturing a huge number of eye-catching images.

The brigade, based at the East Church in Academy Street, then took on the challenge of curating an exhibition.

As part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award, the girls were keen to explore the heritage of Academy Street, and in particular the mosaics which feature in the church and on the AI Welders building.

They were guided by AOC Archaeology and Highlife Highland and also worked with artist Sally Purdy to create individual mosaics which feature in the new exhibition.

Their leader Susan MacKenzie said they had enjoyed the variety of topics covered including local history, archaeology, photography, event planning and mosaic work.

"The highlights for me were seeing the old Academy Street photos as my memories go back to the early 60s and having my attention drawn to the craftsmanship from days gone by which is on display down the length of the street if you only look," she said.

Inverness Townscape Heritage Project has commissioned the creation of a heritage trail of Academy Street which is being delivered in partnership by Highlife Highland and AOC Archaeology. The photographs and mosaics on display will form the content of the trail.

Inverness Central councillor Richard Laird, chairman of the Townscape Heritage Partnership Board, said the girls’ work would help tell the story of the street for future generations.

"The Victorian Market and indeed the mosaics on Academy Street are very much an illustration of how history is very visible and plays an important part of modern city centre life," he said.

"It is fantastic that groups of young people are inspired by the history of Academy Street."

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