Art to show stark re­al­ity

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS -

The shop win­dows of a home­less char­ity will dis­play hard-hit­ting art this year to mark its 50th an­niver­sary.

Shel­ter Scot­land’s Aberdeen and Aberdeen­shire char­ity shop win­dows will show­case work from young de­sign­ers at Glas­gow’s School of Art.

The two de­sign­ers, Claire McNally and Andrew Johnston, cre­ated posters that take the shape of a no­tice­board which dis­plays house­hold bills, re­ceipts and ar­rears let­ters and is aimed at show­ing the stark re­al­ity of many peo­ple strug­gling to keep a roof over their heads.

Miss McNally, 28, said: “Our de­sign is in­tended to over­whelm the viewer

“We’re not cel­e­brat­ing – we shouldn’t even ex­ist”

by lay­er­ing a va­ri­ety of real fi­nan­cial ex­penses as a way to rep­re­sent a com­mon re­al­ity that many face and how this strug­gle can contribute to home­less­ness.

“This ap­proach is com­ple­mented by sim­ple copy that di­rectly ad­dresses the pass­ing pub­lic, ask­ing them are they ‘Head­ing Home?’ and then de­liv­er­ing the stark fact that ‘3,426 fam­i­lies in Scot­land are not’”.

Graeme Brown, di­rec­tor of Shel­ter Scot­land, said: “This is our 50th year – but we’re not cel­e­brat­ing – we shouldn’t even ex­ist. We’re still fight­ing un­til there’s a home for every­one in Scot­land.

“This de­sign in the shape of a no­tice­board de­picts all too clearly the strug­gles faced by many fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als in Scot­land to make ends meet and keep a roof over their heads. It is a thought­pro­vok­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion of peo­ple’s daily strug­gle to avoid home­less­ness and I con­grat­u­late the young de­sign­ers on their con­cept and re­al­i­sa­tion.

“I en­cour­age lo­cal peo­ple to visit the shops and take in the mes­sages this excellent work con­veys.”

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