Artwork faces the chop at live auction

A WEEKEND of special events is planned to mark the end of Creative Stirling’s inaugural Freedom Versions project.

The Freedom Versions V.1 graffiti art installation has been the centerpiece of the summer project based at Stirling’s historic Old Town Jail. The 31-metre mural, inspired by its location and the rich historical context of the city’s Victorian prison, was created by ten contemporary  Scottish artists as the first stage of a two-year project exploring notions of freedom, justice and ultimately Scottish independence.

To mark the end of the project the artwork will be chopped up and auctioned off to the public to support Creative Stirling’s mission as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company making a mark on the new cultural identity of the city.

The weekend of September 14-15 will also feature events including live music, a pop-up cinema and street theatre in collaboration with Bloody Scotland, Stirling’s first crime writing festival. In conjunction with Stirling on Stage, they have devised a promenade street theatre performance based on the fate of the mistress of famed grave robber William Burke.

The full weekend events are as follows:

Friday Sept 14

Bloody Scotland Reception

8.30pm to 11pm. £5 entry

An outdoor event in the unique surroundings of Stirling’s Old Town Jail Yard, to welcome visitors to the Bloody Scotland festival. Join us for an evening of fine local beers from the Bridge Of Allan Brewery and acoustic music to mark the last chance to view the Freedom Versions mural before the live auction event on Saturday. Meet the artists and reflect on the day’s events with fellow festival goers and guests. There will be some blood soaked ‘crime’ graffiti art being created live on site, as well as literature, locally produced artwork and fine prison stovies for sale under our marquee to ensure some home comforts.

Saturday Sept 15th

Auction Event: Freedom Versions 2012

7.30pm to 8.30pm. £3 entry

The only chance to buy some of the original artwork from the Old Town Jail project, as well as other prints and work created for the Bloody Scotland festival. Gain an outrageously unique memento of the Freedom Versions mural. View the work and get details of delivery on the Creative Stirling website.

Saturday Sept 15th

Bloody Scotland and Creative Stirling Present: Secret Cinema of Sherlock Holmes

10pm – 12midnight. £5

A treat for Arthur Conan Doyle and cinema fanatics, Creative Stirling will be hosting a pop up cinema event in Stirling City Centre, in association with IceCream Architecture. The innovative team at Creative Stirling invite you to an imaginatively presented evening of classic crime cinema. Directions will be divulged at the Bloody Scotland Events on the day, or follow the trail to lead you the short distance from the Albert Halls’ Million for a Morgue event, to the secret location. Refreshments available and included in the ticket price.

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