Arbroath 2020 commissioned Dundee Print Collective to design a series of festival flags to mark the 700 anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath. The designs were inspired by working with local community and schools.
The striking and contemporary artworks represent the culture, geography and history of Arbroath, referencing Medieval design, primary colours and graphic shapes but incorporating contemporary imagery.
The artworks will be printed on large scale flags to be installed and displayed in Arbroath High street for Arbroath 2020+1 festival launching in April 2021.
Artists Amy Jones and Scott Hudson from Dundee Print Collective produced a family of designs in 2020 inspired by the Declaration of Arbroath. These designs will be shown in public throughout the festival programme during Arbroath 2020+1 Festival.
Dundee Print Collective are based in Dundee Print Studio, DCA. Amy Jones is an artist, curator and Co-Founder of Dundee Print Collective. She studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (2010) and is interested in collaborative practices as a way of making, often creating opportunities to explore ideas in dialogue with others.
Scott Hudson co-ordinates Dundee Print Collective and Print Festival Scotland. Scott is a professional print maker at Dundee Contemporary Art, Dundee Print Studio. He has developed a professional career in printmaking and is an avid supporter of Printmaking as an art form in Scotland.
The primary inspiration and lead on the aesthetic of the banners is the Palio di Siena, a horse race held twice a year in the city of Siena since the 17th century, although the original processions and festivities date back to Medieval times. Contrade or city borough is represented by individual flags that line the street in celebration and civic pride. There are seventeen Contrade each with a distinct visual identity represented by their colours and heraldic sigils. We wanted to create banners that represented the culture, geography and history of Arbroath, referencing Medieval design, primary colours and graphic shapes but incorporating contemporary imagery.
Using drawing made by local young people who were considering modern-day Arbroath and it historical significance, we created a family of designs inspired by the declaration of Arbroath.
Seals and the Quill, Arbroath Abbey, Fishing History and Abroath Smokies, Arbroath today a soft fruit Growing region in 1320 Benedictine monks introduced many new verities of fruit including the Oslin Apple. The Coast, Golf and Pringle of Scotland.
Pamela Scott, David Scott, Tarka Heath, Jemma Ward