New Banchory murals and brand set for big community unveiling

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Six new murals in the centre of Banchory will be unveiled at a community event to be held tomorrow (Friday October 10) in Scott Skinner Square.

The new Banchory brand will also be launched at the event which will take place at 5pm. The artists behind the murals will be on hand to discuss their work.

Fin Macrae and Alister MacInnes, a collaborative duo who make up DUFI Art, were commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council to lead the project with support from five other artists.

The overall theme for the project is based on the idea of Banchory as a home, a place to feel grounded and a place to be part of the community.

The imagery that will be used has been influenced by this theme as well as conversations and engagement with members of the local community.

The artists braved the bad weather this week, beginning their residency on Monday October 6, during which the murals will be painted.

Six locations in Banchory of varying sizes and surfaces have been selected, all of which help direct people towards Scott Skinner Square where a much wider regeneration project has been in process for the last 15 months.

Chair of the Marr Area Committee, Councillor Moira Ingleby, said: “I can’t wait to see the new murals, I think they will really increase interest in the Square and in the wider town.

“I would like to thank everyone in the local community who has come together to push this project forward.

“I would also like to thank all of the owners and tenants of the properties who have given Aberdeenshire Council permission to use their walls and doors to site the murals, including the Royal British Legion.”

The new brand, incorporating a logo, strap lines and typeface, has also been designed by DUFI Art and commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council to create a recognisable creative identity for Banchory and promote the town’s rich historical roots and vibrant, growing community.

The new contemporary logo has been based on the traditional St Ternan imagery associated with Banchory.

It incorporates a number of elements representing key aspects of the town’s community and culture – the staff signifying agriculture and prosperity, the book representing education and diversity and the river denoting the environment and nature.

A unique typeface called Banchory Raleway Sans has also been designed as part of the new brand and will be available within the public domain. Each of the characters has been developed to reflect the calligraphic characteristics of the uncial script from the time of St Ternan.

Artist Fin Macrae said: “Ternan was just an ordinary person with aims and goals like everyone else and there is great merit in the fact that the values Banchory cherishes and strives for today are ones that run deep down the roots of the town.”

Alister added: “The brand has been designed to be clean and multifunctional and it can be applied across a wide range of locations and on a variety of formats.

“We really hope the local community takes ownership of the brand with local organisations and businesses using it in their promotional materials.”

On Saturday October 11, for one day only, 500 limited edition tote bags branded with the new brand will be available from selected shops in Banchory, as well as badges and leaflets.