Young people showcase ‘Secrets of Dundee’ in new exhibition
On Tuesday 5 December, six young photographers launched a new photo exhibition showcasing the hidden landmarks of Dundee.
Photographs will be on display at the Dundee Central Library until 18 December, with featured spots including the Parker Street Steps, remnants of the Bell Street Cemetery, the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, University of Dundee, and the legal graffiti wall at Seabraes.
The group’s aim is to inform local people and visitors to the City about areas of Dundee which are generally less well known or too easily overlooked.
One budding photographer is Callum Craighead, 17, from Downfield who took more than 80 photographs during the programme. He said: “I took quite a few, I think I was the one that took the most photos.
“I really enjoyed the West Bell Street Car Park as it was a place I wanted to go to for a long time. It’s supposedly haunted and that sparked my interest – it used to be a graveyard and I’ve got an interest in local history.
“It was a good way of meeting new people.”
Tanith Dailly said: “I joined to get more experience. When I first went to the group I was quite shy, but I’ve met new friends and got more experience and got to see more parts of Dundee I hadn’t been to.
“My favourite was the graffiti wall. And I didn’t know that the car park by Bell Street was a graveyard.”
Cal Jack said: “My favourite part was taking the actual pictures. It was something I could get really involved in.
“I like the fact that it’s unusual. We get to show off parts of Dundee that I know people haven’t seen.”
Callum, Tanith and Cal are all participants in the Community Impact Project, an employability programme run by ENABLE Works in Dundee.
ENABLE Works is the specialist employability service of national learning disability charity ENABLE Scotland. They support adults and young people who have a learning disability to develop the skills and confidence they need to find and keep employment.
Through this part of the programme, ENABLE Works is supporting the young artists to develop their communication skills in a way that integrates the wider community.
Ben Craigie Sharland, ENABLE Scotland’s Employability Delivery Manager for north east Scotland, said: “We’re pleased that this project has not only contributed to the young people’s employability skills, but also given something back to the community.
“The young people themselves led and organised the project and it has demonstrated how they can boost their chances of employment by learning new skills they might not have originally thought about.”