Dundee Print Collective have been commissioned to design a series of festival flags to mark the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath which will be installed and displayed on Arbroath High St transforming the town into a riot of colour.
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.
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.
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.