An amazing map of Bishop Auckland and a wonderful community project.
On The Map is a community project that was led by Gillian Scott who owns and manages her successful design brand Gillian Arnold as well as the newly created community interest group, Pineapple Castle, both of which are in based in Bishop Auckland.
The map project’s core objective was to highlight the beauty of the town including Bishop Auckland’s rich historical past, its very exciting present and even looking forward into a bright future. Gillian has been leading workshops involving people from all parts of the community and many schools, creating individual drawings of buildings, cultural landmarks, people, items and objects to bring Bishop Auckland to life in a new and artistic way. The greatest part about the map, is the people who are making it, this is a map for the community and town that has been made by hundreds of people living within its borders.
Nearly all the individual drawings were been based on Gillian’s own photography, after spending several days photographing every building and cultural landmark in the town. Taking all the hand drawn elements and composing them into a map to represent the entire town was a huge task. Gillian and her team have worked around the clock scanning, scaling, sizing and loving the hundreds of drawings that have been made. We have also had no shortage of people willing to donate their time to help us along, which has been fantastic to see.
Gillian really wanted to find a way to make sure as many residents in Bishop Auckland as possible have access to the map and this project. So she took out a full A4 page in The Bishop Press which was used to feature a section of the map. The scale of the map however, is huge, and to truly appreciate it in its entirety you can view it hanging in the Gillian Arnold Boutique shop on Fore Bondgate where it is hung on fabric stretching at least 3 meters wide. The Map will was published in The Bishop Press on their 15th of July edition with an editorial on the project and is be hanging in the Gillian Arnold Boutique throughout the summer when Kynren is on and long into Christmas.
Gillian on the map:
“At first the map was largely about tackling aspects of negativity in the public’s opinion about all of the changes that have happened in Bishop Auckland. Now that the project is underway, after working with so many amazing people and seeing how many people have reached out to be involved, I can see this map is more about reinforcing the positivity, because there really is so much of it out there.”
Prints are available of the map below and all profits from the sale of art prints will be given to Pineapple Castle C.I.C. to help fund future community orientated projects and disadvantaged people in Bishop Auckland.