Harbour includes a free six-month series of creative activities, workshops and collaborative artworks aimed at engaging local people in the future of Stranraer’s waterfront and is supported by arts-led charities, Creative Stranraer, and The Stove Network.
Over the past few week’s artist, Maya Rose Edwards has been working alongside the local community of Stranraer using creative activities to inspire conversation towards re-thinking the future use of the waterfront as a connected, culturally significant feature in the future of Stranraer.
Silhouettes of people from the past have appeared in unused spaces in the town, raising questions about the stories, work, loves, and life that unfolded there.
Forming part of major public investment plans for the town, this creative project aims to encourage participation from the local community to share their memories, stories and aspirations for the town and their relationship to the Waterfront, its inherent value, and its potential for revitalisation as part of the overall vision for the town as a destination for visitors and a sustainable and thriving community for locals. This exciting project will work towards a community generated public event celebrating the history, heritage and future of this significant location and the incorporation of community ideas within the plans for the Waterfront.
Maya Rose Edwards is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, RSA New Contemporaries selection 2021, and a member of the 2022 cohort of The School of The Damned.
Maya has shown work at over 15 locations across the UK and was the recipient of Emerging Artist Bursary for Inverclyde Culture Collective, Award for Best Young Practitioner at Origins Arts Festival (London, 2018), Emerging Artist in Residence at Mount Stuart (Isle of Bute, 2022), Creative Scotland’s Youth Arts Bursary (Glasgow, 2022) and has been featured in Trebuchet Magazine, Desperate Times Gallery, and The Times Newspaper 2021.