A CLACKS clean-up team have been busy preparing empty shop windows in Stirling ahead of the launch of an ambitious art project.

The team from Alloa-based SG Pro Cleaning were seen in Stirling to help prepare the Street Stories creative project, which involves two artists from the Wee County.

The project, set to be launched by Go Forth Stirling Business Improvement District (BID), will see animated artworks featured on vacant shop windows, such as the city's former BHS and Argos stores.

As previously reported, Menstrie's Louisa Carberry, 21, is one of the eight artists picked for the initiative.

She will be joined in showcasing her creative skills by Michael Corr, a contemporary painter from Alloa who focuses on portraiture and figurative art as well as murals.

Danielle McRorie-Smith, Go Forth Stirling project director, said: "We had a team from SG Pro Cleaning out last week cleaning windows, power washing and generally sprucing up the shopfronts of the stores being used for Street Stories to make sure they look their best.

"Quite a few of the shops we are using have been empty for a while now with BHS – a really important site in the city – closing almost five years ago.

"It's great to see them cleaned up for Street Stories and hopefully in the coming months and years we will see them back in use as new shops.

"We're almost ready to install the eight fantastic artworks in the windows and I'm looking forward to seeing them in place and finding out what the people of Stirling think of them."

The artworks to go on display cover a range of different mediums, including mosaic, digital, mural, graphic design, dance and abstract art.

They will be brought to life in interactive augmented reality displays with multi-sensory animations triggered by a free downloadable smartphone application.

Ms McRorie-Smith added: "We've got a real range of stories to tell covering archaeology, mental health, pioneers and history plus a number of different mediums so there is something for everyone to enjoy.

"We were delighted with the calibre and range of the submissions we received for the project which gave us an eclectic mix of different options to choose from.

"This is an exciting venture which will transform and enhance the city centre while giving local artists the opportunity to see their work come to life through animation.

"It will also help us highlight the commercial spaces which are available, give both residents and visitors an insight into Stirling's heritage and introduce an interactive trail to encourage footfall across the city centre."