The culmination of several months' work by the senior Youth Club was revealed when 2.2m x 2m panels were fixed to the outside walls of the Victoria Hall this week. Under the supervision of Cromarty artist John McNaught, the young people chose close-up portraits (revealed partially) printed in black and white with subtle colouring used on eyes and 'tattoos' of their younger selves along the eyebrows. During their work on the project, they learned something of imaging and photography, working to scale and using Photoshop. The portraits are printed on panels of durable aluminium composite diabond which should guarantee they will be visible along the Denny entrance to Cromarty for some time to come.
According to Youth Worker Wanda Mackay, "The new banners will… show the culture of young 'Croms' to locals and visitors, be a lasting memory as the young people grow and… encourage other works on buildings in the town." The project was funded by the Highland Culture Fund and the Black Isle Ward budget.
Note: John McNaught worked with senior members of the community to produce the series of banners hanging on the inside walls of the Victoria Hall. These commemorate the 60th anniversary of the ending of World War II.
Photo by John McNaught