Broughty Ferry Traders’ Association is hosting an event tonight (Tuesday) which aims to say a big ‘thank you’ to a group of Dundee architecture students.
The second year architecture students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art tackled a brief which challenged them to imagine Broughty Ferry Railway Station as an artists’ residency centre which would attract artists from all over the world to engage with the community and animate the town with the resulting works.
The project, called Space for Practice, is a live project, offering them the chance to act as professionals in the public realm to develop a community-based project as part of this year’s Festival of Architecture, http://www.foa2016.com/, which itself is part of Scotland’s Year of Innovation and Design 2016. The project ran across three of Scotland’s architecture schools simultaneously – Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen; Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow; and in Dundee.
The Dundee students were paired up with BFTA Committee Member, Jan McTaggart, who, with over 20 years experience in the arts, is hoping the Broughty Ferry will one day have its own arts centre.
Jan, who is co-owner of Clementine of Broughty Ferry, sees potential in the railway station building as a base for artists from all art forms to work with members of the community. This aim fits well with the Traders 100 year old mission “to foster and promote trade and business” which can be achieved through investment in the arts, attracting visitors and creating economic, cultural and social opportunities.
Jan McTaggart said: “Working with the architecture students has been an absolute joy. They were instantly enthusiastic about the idea of the railway station as an arts centre and put have worked extremely hard to come up with an incredibly diverse range of exciting possibilities for the building and its surroundings.
“As part of the project they also undertook research into attitudes of residents which showed that there’s already a massive amount support for the concept.
“Mainly, tonight’s event is an opportunity for community leaders and the students to meet each other to discuss the designs and start a conversation about the future of Broughty Ferry Railway Station and what we can do as a community to be part of our city’s cultural future. Also - we just want to say ‘thank you’ to them for their commitment and interest in Broughty Ferry.”
Broughty Ferry Railway Station is the oldest working station in the country and has been unoccupied since its refurbishment in 2012. The current owners, Scotrail, have recently advertised the premises as an incubator space for start up businesses and have accepted an application from Jan, who, if successful, hopes that Broughty Ferry will have its own arts centre before too long.