A colourfully-painted bollard has a planet with a smiling face

Make Your Mark

About the Make Your Mark project

'Make Your Mark' was a fantastic opportunity for the CLD team at Glasgow Science Centre to engage with a diverse group of people from the local community.

Through a series of interactive online workshops, participants were invited to find out more about Glasgow Science Centre’s outdoor redevelopment and how it could be made into a more inviting public community space by coming up with design ideas that represented their life and where they live. The designs would be used to decorate the concrete bollards, which are used as safety barriers, in the outdoor space.

Using the theme “Connection” as their inspiration, a total of 77 designs were received from people of all ages and backgrounds. While only 16 designs could be used, a special bollard has been commissioned to showcase everyone’s design in “Make Your Mark”.

Make Your Mark Videos by Participants

You can view video showcases of designs by participants below. You can jump to the video by clicking on the participant hyperlink.


Anderston Primary P7/6 (academic year 2020/21)

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Lorne Street Primary P4 and P5 (academic year 2020/21)

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Leverndale Hospital, Recreational Therapy and Ward 1

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Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA), Hidden Gardens, and Community Neighbours

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Participant feedback

The bollard art competition certainly brought the Leverndale community together, involving ward staff, clients, family members and community clients. Everyone was excited that the art designs would be displayed outside for everyone to visit.

It has been rewarding to see the project develop, to notify all the winners and to get involved in the opening event. This has been a new, fun experience and proved to create a buzzing atmosphere for everyone.

Jane Docherty, Staff member, Leverndale Hospital

Participant feedback

Posting the art project to my home has been a lifeline during covid times.

Outpatient, Leverndale Hospital

Participant feedback

The Science Centre is a vibrant and fun source for information and education. I hope my artwork reflects the inspiration and enthusiasm I experienced while working with the Centre’s Community Team.

Allan H, workshop participant

Partner organisation feedback

The project aimed to address this Outer Space as a bit of a blank canvas that everyone felt could be more engaging and more welcoming.

The work that has resulted will make a significant change to the area and is the start of something that harnesses the dynamic inside the building and uses it to animate the landscape all around.  

What is very clear is how much people loved the opportunity to make a mark in public space.

Peter McCaughey Director of WAVEparticle with Lizzy O’Brien, Danielle Banks, Naomi Van Dijck and Judit Bodor

Community learning at Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre’s dedicated Community Learning and Development (CLD) team works with young people, families, adults, community organisations and CLD practitioners. The CLD team strives to create strong relationships with groups they engage with by developing content and delivering workshops that understand the different needs of the individual with groups.

If you are part of a community group, organisation or school and are interested in finding out more about working with the CLD team, please get in touch by emailing cldteam@gsc.org.uk

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