Dunbar Street Art Trail began in 2014 working with a pavement artist to create pavement art on the high street of Dunbar. The artwork got attention of visitors and appeared all across social media, in true street art spirit this guerilla art had captured the imagination of the town. In 2015 the Street Art Trail was expanded to feature over 50 artists and combined with a shop local message to bring people to the town of Dunbar. This one day showcase of all types of art was enhanced with an interactive twist allowing visitors to try a number of street art techniques, from Graffiti, Pavement chalking, Junk Instruments, Busking and Photography. This Festival day brought hundreds of families to the town and featured workshops and stunt displays.
In 2016 Dunbar Street Art Trail expanded with over 70 artists taking part and a huge festival area featuring everything from coconut shy to face painting, henna, storytelling, lego building and more. Keeping the core focus on Street Art and putting all different aspects of artistic expression in front of the audience to inspire creativity.
Beyond the Dunbar Street Art trail the team have also put on a number of events and workshops, working with renowned artists, authors and musicians. From Europe’s first Stone Balance event, Saltire inspired Comic book workshops and Stone Balance Workshops in Schools to Saltire inspired Music and Art events and Enigmatic performances from Dr Schwamp.
Against a backdrop of globalisation we use the creative draw of art and music to bring people to the heart of communities, showcasing the wonderful services available and since our inception the publicity created and the visitor numbers have helped to grow Dunbar to the top 5 Coastal towns in the Great British High Street Awards in 2016. As a social enterprise we take our civic responsibility seriously and hope to encourage a renewed sense of community cohesion by highlighting not only the Historic and wonderful town centre but also a unique blend of home grown, national and international artists that draw the eyes of the world onto the town.
The basic principles of all we do are:
- Participation: We want to create immersive artistic events that engage and inspire others whether it be to perform music or stack some stones we encourage people to take our ideas and use them.
- Civic Responsibility: All our events have a wider impact on the local area, whether it be economic benefit or civic pride through promotion of local artists we want to encourage others to visit, stay and love our town.
- Radical Inclusion: We work on a wide array of events with a huge spectrum of different artists, whether you have no experience or a lifetime there is a place for you.
- Accessibility: We have no expectation for the viewer, our events and art provoke an immediate emotional response