Painting the town more than red - community invited to make their mark on Swindon mural

By Claire Dukes - 10 April 2019

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Swindon's community are being invited to join in a collaborative art project to celebrate the town's artistic evolution - from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to the present day.

A community art hub is calling on Swindon residents to get involved with a collaborative and creative art project.

Thanks to funding from South Swindon Parish Council, Artsite have commissioned Swindon artist Billy Beaumont to design and create a mural along the side of its resident art gallery, Number Nine.

The mural, entitled 'Swindon Then, When and Now', was also formed through a questionnaire sent out to the community asking what creative figures and landmarks in Swindon best represent the town's heritage and present day.

Artsite Trustee, Sally Taylor, said: "Billy will be painting the mural with help from the public, every weekend throughout April, to be unveiled in May. 

"Artsite are looking for further funding to work with artists on the boarded up vandalised windows on the rest of the two buildings to enhance the run-down area, making it more attractive for people passing by or visiting Artsite.

"It will also create an opportunity for local artists to add to their neighbourhood and brighten up the top of the town centre.”

There is no fee to participate in the project, and materials will be provided on the day - the remaining sessions will take place 13, 20 and 27 April. The finished mural will be unveiled in May.

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