Gairloch High School pupils Rhoda Tippet, Charlie Mays, Megan Crueize, Amber Fox, Shannon Stewart, Kayleigh Elder, Charmayne Fraser and Alex Warren were invited to the Wester Ross, Strathpeffer & Lochalsh Area Ward Forum meeting at Lochcarron Village hall on 19th May to present their piece of artwork. Other young people involved but unfortunately could not make meeting were Jess Ryan, Siannie Moody and Emma Potter. The Triptych entitled the “Wonders of Wester Ross” was created over 4 weekends made from each individual’s piece of work which all held a story about the area or young peoples experiences of living in Wester Ross with the assistance of Black Isle artist Lizzie Mcdougall.
Prior to the meeting all the young people discussed with Highland Councillors their own individual pieces of art and the stories behind them. Whilst meeting with the local councillors they also took the opportunity to express
- The desire for more benches around each village
- Reported that the playpark in Aultbea was vandalised and in need of repair – Cllr Green agreed to investigate
- Concern over payphones being removed – young people agreed to write a collective letter to Councillors as part of removal of payphone consultation
During the main ward meeting, Charlie, Megan, Shannon, Kayleigh, Charmayne and Alex individually stood up and explained confidently their artwork to the forum receiving huge praise and admiration from those present.
The “Wonders of Wester Ross Project” was part of a wider youth activity programme delivered by the Gairloch Youth Work Team and funded by Highland Council & Youthlink. Fiona Downie, Gairloch Youth Development Officer reported “all the young people worked really well and had a lot of fun during the project. The end result is a fantastic piece of art, which is to placed at Poolewe hall so it can be enjoyed by the whole community for years to come”