A vennel is a passageway between the gables of two buildings which can in effect be a minor street. The city of Perth has lost many vennels with the gradual transformation of its medieval centre, but some have survived and are still used: Guard Vennel, Cow Vennel, Baxters Vennel, Fleshers Vennel, Water Vennel and Cutlog Vennel.
Over the course of two weekends, local artists Katie, Eleanor and Hamish worked to highlight these vennels through a series of street art installations. The intent was to reconnect people with these historic passageways, encourage people to think about their historic uses and perhaps how they can be used in the future.
Each vennel was themed and passers by were encouraged to comment, ask questions and express their opinions – and of course – they did! The vast majority of people that engaged with the project were very positive, glad to see that a bit of colour and attention were being brought to the often overlooked pathways.
Spray-chalk was used throughout which enabled the spaces to be reimagined on a temporary basis – we all hope that this is the start of something much bigger!