Seaside scenes to brighten up town centre’s empty shops ...

Seaside art in windows of two empty shop units on Kirkcaldy High Street. Art work was done by Aval Ballan.
Seaside art in windows of two empty shop units on Kirkcaldy High Street. Art work was done by Aval Ballan.
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Two of the empty shop units on Kirkcaldy’s High Street have been given a bit of a makeover this week to help brighten up the town centre.

The windows of two units at the bottom of Kirk Wynd, opposite the former McDonalds premises, have been transformed to feature a seaside scene.

The idea of putting art within the windows has come out of a cultural charette which was held in the Arts Hub in The Postings at the end of July.

Janet Robertson, creative director for OnCreate, told The Press: “We have a cultural collective which has come out of the charette organised by Fife Cultural Trust, the creative industry department and we had fantastic input from Ice Cream Architecture, who have done similar things in Stirling.

“We’ve been trying to think of things we can do to help cheer up the town centre.

“There are a lot of aspirations locally to do something creative and interesting to brighten and cheer up Kirkcaldy’s High Street and create talking points.”

The work on the shop windows was completed on Monday and Tuesday by Aval-Ballan, a mother and daughter partnership, who are based in Markinch.

Lesley Haycock and Victoria Devaney used the window space to create the scene, which features the beach images.

Janet continued: “It was a starting point to see how it went and to try and make something interesting in parts of the High Street.

“We’ve been getting ideas together and this one seemed an easy one to get going and Lesley and Victoria were very keen to do it.

“We’re really pleased with how it looks.

“It’s a bit of a conversation piece.”

The window art is just the first of a number of different ideas and initiatives that the group has come up with that are set to be developed in due course.