Two artists exploring ways to re-energise the centre of Banchory have begun the process of engaging with the local community.
Artistic duo DUFI, Alister MacInnes and Fin Macrae, are looking at ways to rejuvenate Scott Skinner Square and create a new ‘brand’ identity for the whole town.
At the heart of the process, the pair will be consulting with local residents, businesses and community groups to stimulate debate on what Banchory means to its community or visitors, and what its core values are.
DUFI have already set up their Open Design Studio in the High Street which saw 125 people walk through the doors, less than two days after it opened.
The studio is a working space for the artists while they are in Banchory, and also an opportunity for people to go in, ask questions and have their say on the project and their vision for the town.
The DUFI artists will also be setting up events like using cameras to film the journeys taken by the town’s taxi drivers and a community Hog Roast at Scott Skinner Square on September 28 at 12.30pm.
Fin Macrae, of DUFI, said: “We have already had a fantastic response since we started on this project. The voices of Banchory’s residents form a crucial part of our project and we are taking on a range of creative and engagement projects to make sure we hear what everyone has to say.” See www.facebook.com/BasslineBanchory