Art at heart of new Burntisland school

Work is underway on the new Burntisland Primary School
Work is underway on the new Burntisland Primary School

Artists with a connection to Burntisland Primary are being asked to help with a project to put an original stamp on the new school.

The management team at the school, led by recently appointed head teacher Julie Anderson (pictured) , is asking for any creative people with previous experience to put forward their ideas for a piece of artwork which will be incorporated into the new building, with the artist working alongside school pupils.

Julie Anderson, Burntisland Primary's head teacher

Julie Anderson, Burntisland Primary's head teacher

It could be anything from a mural or mosaic to a sculpture or plaque which would be unique to the building which is due to open at the start of the new school year in August.

“We are looking for anyone with an artistic background who has a connection with our school to help lead this commission,” said Julie.

“They could be a former pupil, an artist with a child at the school, or someone living in the town.

“We are asking for them to submit their proposals which will be created working with the children which will be built into the school, working with the architect.”

Submissions should be no more than two pages of A4 paper and should give examples of their previous work and the experience they have on such projects.

“The ideas should be in keeping with, and relevant to the town - and there is a desire to keep it local.”

Ideas are also being sought to name the east, west and north wings of the school.

Forms are available from the school and in shops in the town, and the idea has already sparked considerable debate on Facebook sites relating to the town, with suggestions of former school teachers who made their mark, local landmarks, retaining the compass points and former house names which were used in the 1950s and 60s being mooted.

One particular suggestion to name it after Margaret McCormick, a long-serving and popular former head teacher, has attracted a lot of attention both in the town and from former pupils overseas.

Entry forms for suggestions should be returned to the school by Monday, February 10, and a short list will be drawn up with the final decision resting with the pupils and school steering committee.