Mural at the Belmont Cinema

Iconic movie images which capture 100 years of cinematic history have been used to create two striking new murals in Aberdeen city centre.

Belmont Mural 1

Created by Communication Design students at Robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art, the murals have been installed at The Belmont Picturehouse as part of a refresh of its internal artworks to further enhance the cinema-going experience.

Following a design project at Gray’s, which formed part of the students’ coursework, a collaborative work by three international students was chosen by the cinema and has been produced in full-scale.

The black, white and stone blue design starts at the entrance to the cinema on Belmont Street and runs along the entire length of its main corridor. Along the way it features scenes from a mixture of Arthouse gems, foreign language films, Film Noir, cult classics and Hollywood hits including: The Godfather, La Dolce Vita, Jaws and Bride of Frankenstein.

Students Pietro Bonura (24) from Italy, Miriam Roth (25) from Germany and Mirjam Laater (26) from Estonia studied Visual Communication at Gray’s this year as part of the Erasmus international higher education programme and worked together to create the winning design which is now on permanent display.

Mirjam said: “We are very proud our design was selected and to see it produced to full scale is very exciting. The design brief was to document the last 100 years of cinema and we were able to create a stunning vision using iconic movie images. A lot of hard work has gone into the mural and it is great to see it on display in the Belmont where we hope it will make a lasting impression on people as they visit this wonderful venue.”

A separate design by fellow Visual Communication students Ashleigh Brown (20) from Aberdeen and Lucinda Fraser (22) from Inverurie has also been modified to fit on the walls around the cinema’s main ticket kiosk and features images from popular movies such as Back to the Future, Terminator and Star Wars.

Mural 2

David Jane, general manager at The Belmont Picturehouse, congratulated the students who unveiled their designs on Wednesday, June 5.  He said: “We were blown away by the response to the project and the incredibly high standard of the submissions presented to us. The students really understood what The Belmont represents and captured that perfectly in their designs. In fact, we were so impressed by the high standard of the designs that we commissioned a second mural to be displayed around our ticket kiosk.

“Pietro, Miriam, Mirjam, Ashleigh and Lucinda all have done an excellent job and it’s great to see the depth of artistic talent in Aberdeen. We are proud of our strong links with the local community and this project has given us the chance to engage with some very talented and creative students who should all be proud of what they achieved whilst also providing a new focal point of interest in the city centre.”

Paul Harris, Head of Gray’s School of Art, praised the work done by all of the students who submitted designs for the competition. He said: “Students at Gray’s are regularly approached to create or design pieces of art and logos for groups, organisations and businesses around the country and this competition has once again brought out the very best creative skills they have to offer.

“The fact the winners of this particular design competition were international students goes to show we are able to attract the best and brightest creative talents from overseas which is a fantastic endorsement of the great work we do at Gray’s to support all of our students achieve success.”

Gray’s students will also be involved in their annual degree show which takes place next week at Gray’s School of Art. The show, sponsored for the 10th year by BP, will be open daily from Saturday, June 15 to Saturday, June 22.


Release by
Ross Anderson
Communications Officer | Health and Sport

Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: (01224) 262389

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