Mural shows Montrose cinema project is on the up

Pictured from left: Mark Ruxton (Keillor Graphics), Councillor David May, Wendy Ellis (Secretary, Montrose Playhouse Project) with daughter Maisie, David Paton (Chair, MPP); Kyle Stokes, Andy Carlyle, Magda Garas (and daughter Ola), all Dundee and Angus College.

Pictured from left: Mark Ruxton (Keillor Graphics), Councillor David May, Wendy Ellis (Secretary, Montrose Playhouse Project) with daughter Maisie, David Paton (Chair, MPP); Kyle Stokes, Andy Carlyle, Magda Garas (and daughter Ola), all Dundee and Angus College.

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A fantastic new mural has been unveiled to promote the ongoing project to develop a cinema and cultural arts centre for Montrose.

The Montrose Playhouse Project, which is currently developing the former town swimming pool, received funding from the Stalled Spaces Scottish Government pot which the Playhouse team used to set up a competition within Dundee & Angus College.

Art students were invited to design a mural that would encompass the project which aims to bring a DCA-style cinema and arts centre to Montrose.

Four teams submitted designs for the competition which was then judged by the Playhouse team and their patron, Mark Miller. The winners were team two - Magda Garas, Andrew Carlyle and Kyle Stokes.

Mark Miller, New York Times best-selling writer of ’Wanted’, and the ’Kick-Ass’ series, commented on all the designs individually and how incredibly creative and inventive they were.

Mark said: “The winning design has a terrific simplicity of design which uses very limited colour palette to striking effect. This is excellent and immediately sells what the building is and was.”

Initially, the team of Magda, Andy and Kyle did research online and visited the DCA, V&A and McManus Galleries for inspiration. They took photos and then the team collaborated on their concept eventually crafting their winning final design.

You can see the mural at the old pool on the Mall where the Playhouse team hope the cinema and arts centre will one day stand.

A spokesperson for the Playhouse Project said: “We are still working hard in the background to keep the momentum going for the project and have been working with the council, funders, cinema operators and investors to get the project off the ground.

“Remember to look out for us in the local press and on social media and spread the word. See www.montroseplayhouse.co.uk and our contact details are if you have any helpful comments or fundraising ideas.”