A bright welcome to Shawlands

The display.
The display.

SHAWLANDS is lit up with colour after the launch of the Shawlands Gate project last week.

Shawlands Academy was the venue for the project which is a unique animation and lighting display projected onto the side of the school.

The scheme, involving pupils and staff from the school, Glasgow city council and a number of local organisations, is a first for the UK.

The Gate project is part of current efforts by the city council for Shawlands to take its place as the key part of the southside for shoppers and people visiting the area’s bars restaurants and clubs.

Glasgow city council and partner bodies have collaborated over the past two years with pupils and staff at Shawlands Academy on the Shawlands Gate project.

The launch was held one week ago last Wednesday when those attending were treated to an exhibition and watched an animation and lighting display.

The animation and lighting were projected onto the front elevation of the school.

The project, past of the Curriculum for Excellence programme, saw the pupils learn about their school and local spaces, landscaping, public art, the making of important decisions in a community as well as animation and lighting.

Councillor Archie Graham, chair of the Shawlands town centre steering group, said: “The Shawlands Gate project is a great example of what a local school and community can do to improve their area.

“The lighting display transforms what had previously been a fairly dark street into a welcoming gateway into the centre of Shawlands, one of the most important hubs in Glasgow’s southside.

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the project for their fantastic work”.

The aim of the Shawlands Gate project was to develop the role of Shawlands Academy and its pupils in the community and engage them in regenerating Shawlands town centre as the heart of Glasgow’s southside.

Partners in the project include Glasgow city council, Glasgow Life, Shawlands Academy parent teacher council, Architecture and Design Scotland, lighting designers Light Collective, the local business community, Shawlands and Strathbungo community council, the Langside Area Committee and the Pollokshields Area Committee.