The Open/Close project in Dundee (Scotland) has been brightening up unloved doors in the backstreets of the city centre, in a bid to encourage locals and tourists alike to explore these interesting and often overlooked areas whilst adding a much-needed splash of colour!
Thanks to the skills of 18 talented local artists, the trail was created over the summer of 2017 officially opening in August, and has been a massive hit! Monthly guided tours of the doors have been extremely popular, and maps are also available from a variety of independent cafes and shops so that you can grab one and get exploring by yourself.
The trail has had fantastic support, with half of the doors being painted by artists who generously supported the project by donating their time and skills to help create something special in Dundee. Locals, visitors, businesses and the press have all been incredibly supportive, really showing their appetite for street art. Amazingly, the pieces have almost all survived without a scratch or tag, again showing the respect and appreciation people have for the project.
Testament to this success, Open/Close is now in its second stage and is busy creating a similar trail in the area of Stobswell, just a short hop from the city centre. This is an area rich in history with some fantastic local shops, amenities and architecture, but is often overlooked by the people of Dundee. Open/Close aims to change that with a stunning trail of street art in prominent locations; encouraging visitors, highlighting all that is great about the area and bringing art to the 90% of people who do not visit galleries. Anyone can apply to create a piece, and currently there is an open call for artists’ submissions (closing midnight on the night of February 11th). All successful artists will be paid £300 to create their pieces, installed at locations chosen by the community, in time for the trail to officially open in May!
Dundee has such talented and diverse creative community, and one only needs to scratch the surface here to really see the potential of this great city; it will be truly unrecognisable in 10 years’ time! Talks are currently underway to create something similar in other areas of the city, with the ultimate aim of creating a city-wide trail of murals, taking in cultural highlights such as the Verdant Works Museum and the V&A, and local shopping areas such as the West End, so that visitors to the city will be able to explore off the beaten track whilst appreciating all the amazing things Dundee has to offer.
Open/Close are going to have some very exciting news to announce in May on this front, so for all updates stay tuned to their website at Open/Close Dundee