The River Ness flows through the heart of the city of Inverness, and it is currently undergoing major changes. It’s banks are being re-engineered as part of a flood alleviation scheme, which over the next few years will radically change the landscape of the river.
It is the perfect time to consider opportunities for a more engaged riverside setting. So, Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) were invited to work with IOTA (Inverness Old Town Art) to run a series of participation workshops with young people. The aim was to explore and map the areas around the river, and to create a dialogue with school pupils about the places and spaces which are important to them.
Culloden Academy and Inverness High School were keen to get involved, and over two days in March 2013, workshops took place at the Old Boys Cathedral on the banks of the river. A report and video document the workshops, and describes in the words of the young people what the river means to them, and how they could see ways to improve their experience of the river for the future.
This work forms part of an wider programme of public arts projects led by IOTA called SHIFT//SEÒL. This is funded by Creative Scotland, The Highland Council, Inverness Common Good Fund and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.