Wed March 2nd 2011

    Pupils challenge attitude to alcohol

An arts installation project that aims to challenge attitudes towards alcohol consumption opened last month in the Box Bellfield car park in Banchory.

The project, known as CUSP, was funded by South Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drugs Forum and the South Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Young People sub group.

Artist Janet McEwan worked with a group of second year Banchory Academy pupils to produce an interactive film. Viewers are given the choice of nine testimonials to listen to and hear what each of the pupils think about alcohol.

Janet also worked with pupils from the photography group at Banchory Academy who portrayed their thoughts through images which challenge some of the views around alcohol consumption.

Councillor Jill Webster, who represents the Marr Area Committee on the South Marr Community Safety Group, said: “The display of artwork at the Box is very thought provoking and it is good to see young people being able to take the opportunity to challenge preconceptions surrounding alcohol consumption, particularly when they will soon be approaching the age when they will begin to experiment with drinking.

“Having the pupils interview each other about alcohol issues was a particularly interesting approach. If the project helps some young people be more alcohol aware and think of the serious issues surrounding alcohol then the time and effort that has been put into this project will have been worthwhile.”

There are also plans to take the installation to Banchory Academy, Banchory Library and some other community facilities during March.

Partners involved in this project were Aberdeenshire Council, Community Learning and Development, Woodend Barn, Aberdeenshire Councillors, NHS Grampian, Barnados, Banchory Academy, Banchory Academy Parent Council, Banchory Police and South Marr Community Safety Group.

(Aberdeenshire Council)

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