Back 2 Back – Reflecting

Well we did it – Back 2 Back Dumfries was a hit! 



It was not high art, it wasn’t avant-garde, revolutionary or entirely unique. 


We did engage, provoke responses, open up, share, reach a new audience (if you’re old enough to hold a spray can, you’re old enough to be a stovie?!) We raised awareness, increased involvement, participation, sharing and making.

Spraying the pavement caused people to look, to re-examine; it changed the way passers by moved through they space. It created a break, a momentary pause – a slight change in the everyday. It encouraged our new young army to engage with the space; to interact, invade, explore.

We had huge take up from the younger years – to try something new, different, forbidden. By barricading off sections of the high street, we gave permission for the impermissible. Creation and experimentation ensued. Kids came back, to test, explore, learn.

The final visual impact, the details, were in some way irrelevant in this matter, as the overall visual spectacle took precedence. The stop motion cam witnessed the transformation of space, and the movement of bodies throughout.

But the devil was too, in the detail – for the original youth group, a bunch ranging from 15 to 21 – the designs were their abstract creations, thoughts become tangible. Permanent through stencils, and repeated all across the street.

I guess I’m feeling quite proud about the whole thing. I headed back to the Stove, quietly, calmly on Sunday to begin the mopping and cleaning process now that I have successfully covered the inside in a thin layer of black. Outside I could hear the screams and laughs as children took over the front of our building, re-examining and exploring the new brightly coloured space.

It’s already fading.

The impact remains.



Video to follow – watch this space!

6 thoughts on “Back 2 Back – Reflecting

  1. William Marshall says:

    Fantastic job Katie you did amazing. I would say that “not high art” is the avant-garde in my opionion and the revolution is actually about exactly this kind of project. “Now is the time for art to not look like art” or “process is the output ” Onwards your a rising star!!

    1. katiejand says:

      The super amazing team of Stovies, volunteers and Spring Flingers has a lot of the amazing bit to share – would not have been happening without the collective workings of the Stove!

  2. bena stutchbury says:

    I call that pretty cutting edge myself – bringing creativity to the streets and to young and old. I remember walking past street artists in Dublin, drawing on the pavement, so confident and free – and wishing I had the guts to just sit down and draw myself – you allowed people/kids the space to do that – and brought colour and laughter to the streets at the same time. I hope it doesn’t rain for a few weeks.!

    1. katiejand says:

      The rain has been on – but the colour prevails! It’ll fade gradually and gently so plenty of time for people to get used to it’s being there 🙂 x

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