The Muirfield Project was initiated using money from the Job’s Creation Project, as a way of lowering youth unemployment figures, by setting up an Arts Workshop using unemployed youngsters on a minimum wage
However, it turned out to be a great way of acting as a focal point for a group of some 60 – 80 teenagers each year, allowing them to get a taste of screen-printing, tapestry, pottery, leatherwork, and decorative cabinet making …
BUT, more to the point, a breathing space and a gathering … outside of the normal work ethic … and with a healthy measure of Sex, Drugs, and Rock’n roll at its collective heart … and this was all the more paradoxical, as we were based opposite the local police station
They must’ve fukkin known …. look at the INMATES … !!!!
Yeah, that’s Chris at the window
Yeah, that’s me slogging through snow entering Muirfield
I formed various bands with the young people who worked there and became my friends, and we rehearsed, did posters, t-shirts, and backdrops for our musical enterprises, AS YOU CAN SEE BELOW … and when I left, I was proud to see it continue with ex-trainees working there in full-time positions
I had four exceptionally happy years there, and have met many ex-Muirfield Trainees in my travels, worlwide … and I’ve heard nothing but good reports from them on the influence it fostered … a love of music and the arts, and the knowledge that you still had loads to learn, and that doing so could be fun