Culter pupils team up with care home resident to create colourful mural

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Creative pupils at Culter School have teamed up with an artistic resident at Eastleigh Care Home to create a giant wall of art as part of a national award scheme.

The P6 pupils have been working with artist David Donaghey over the last year to create a colourful mural at the care home as part of the Junior Award Scheme Scotland (JASS) which is an accredited award supporting children in the transition between Primary and Secondary education by developing skills and working with the wider local community.

Each pupil created their own designs and then had the opportunity to help David put their designs on the wall. A plaque commemorating the artistic achievement was bought by the care home and has now taken pride of place on the care home mural.

Councillor John Wheeler, Aberdeen City Council’s Educational Operational Delivery Convener, said: “I’d like to congratulate both the pupils at Culter School, Mr Donaghey and staff and management at Eastleigh Care Home not only on their wonderful artistic achievement but also on a great piece of partnership working.

Mandy Castleman, Health and Wellbeing Coordinator at Eastleigh Care Home, said: “We would like to thank our resident painter, for collaborating on the garden arts project and for providing a pop of colour to our outdoor space.

“Projects like this build up great links with the local community and we hope that this project will be one of many with Culter School”.

David, who has been painting since his schooldays and has around a hundred of his own paintings in his room, said of his work with the pupils: “It was different and really nice. I’d certainly like to do it again if we can find another wall!”

Photographs show Eastleigh Care Home’s resident artist David Donaghey, Health and wellbeing Coordinator Mandy Castleman and some of the Culter School pupils who worked with David on the mural