This weekend saw Window Wanderland lighting up the Top of the Town for the 2nd year in a row. The community event is ran by Mercat Cross Community Council and has bookended the first year of the Stirling Place Partnership, with this year’s event building on the success of last year.
This year saw even more members of the community get involved with creating window designs as part of the event’s theme Home & Heart. Collaboration and community engagement is at the heart of the Window Wanderland project. Karen Bellingham Baird, Head of the Mercatcross Community Council said: “We have now worked with Creative Stirling on a number of exciting inclusive projects which have been important in reengaging with our community. We look forward to our next project together”.
In the lead up to the event, community members were encouraged to attend workshops that were on at Made in Stirling and Darnley Coffee House. One local parent said: “My son took part in the workshops as well as the event on the night and all round it was a really lovely experience for him that he got a lot out of”. Local artists were also invited to create pieces to display across the town as part of the event. Rossita Bateman created her first public exhibition at CodeBase Stirling, and illustrator David Galletly worked with Primary 4s and 7s from Allan’s Primary School to create a display for their school windows.
Many local businesses on Spittal Street and Baker Street displayed community designs. Mark Ruskell, MSP displayed one community member’s design of Pokemon characters in his office window, and said: “Creative Stirling continues to do amazing work with young people and the community and I was delighted to have my office window transformed along with many others around the Top of the Town.”
On Saturday 9th, members of the community were invited to a guided tour around the top of the town to see all the window designs, ending back at Made in Stirling for a bowl of soup. One local resident Wendy Garcia spoke highly of the feeling of community at the event, as she said: “The Made in Stirling Creative hub space is a great place for folk in the community to connect and learn. They have so many different workshops and projects on the go that it’s easy to get involved and explore your creative side without fear of judgment. I have trouble sometimes being away from my family and having lived abroad for so long, but the hub gives me a sense of place and connection, which helps a lot with reducing my anxiety.”
Check out some pictures below of the window designs that were displayed over the weekend!