PEOPLE are being given the chance to step into the past thanks to movies with a difference in communities to the north of Glasgow this summer.

In a creative first for the area, fascinating films are being projected on to the pavements outside Bearsden Community Hub and Kirkintilloch Town Hall every evening, between 5.30pm and 10.30pm.

It is part of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust's Trails and Tales project, an arts and learning programme which teams up artists with communities to explore their local history and heritage.

The films have been specially created for each site by artist Graeme Roger, using footage from the archives of the National Library of Scotland related to Bearsden and Kirkintilloch, alongside contemporary filmed portraits of local people.

They also include new observational film of nearby landmarks and places.


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During the process of creating the movies, Graeme held open days where people were invited to come along and be filmed - helping to illustrate the many unique characteristics of local life.

The archive footage ranges from 1913 to the 1980s - providing a portrait of the towns and their residents, including pipe bands and highland dancers.

Graeme is a visual artist and producer working in digital arts, film, theatre, public art.

He often collaborates with other artists and musicians, forming part of Roger & Reid and GANGHUT and he is co-director of wildbird, a multi-arts and theatre company based in Moray.

Graeme also leads the digital media team at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.

He explained: “The merging of these eras into new moving image artworks, with dramatic, large-scale portraits, is intended to remind people that 'life is for looking at’.”

Trails and Tales - supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, East Dunbartonshire Council and Creative Scotland - has engaged a range of artists with communities to explore local history and heritage.


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Councillor Billy Hendry, Convener of the Council's Place, Neighbourhood and Corporate Assets Committee, said: "You could find a forgotten world at your feet if you're walking past Bearsden Community Hub and Kirkintilloch Town Hall this summer.

"This project is a fascinating addition to both buildings - giving people a window into the past as part of the Trails and Tales programme, and helping to light up our town centres into the evening."

Sandy Marshall, Chair of EDLC Trust, added: "The films are an innovative way to bring the past to life. I hope they encourage people to engage with local heritage and the wonderful facilities on their doorstep.”

The Trails and Tales programme has included the creation of a series of outdoor sculptural arts and heritage trails, across towns and villages in East Dunbartonshire.

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