New community-led murals created in Kingswood and Hazel Leys
From Wednesday 10th August, four walls across the neighbourhoods of Kingswood and Hazel Leys in Corby will be transformed into works of art by renowned street artists.
Commissioned by the Creative Kingswood & Hazel Leys (CKHL) programme, the four murals will reflect the local environment and architecture alongside abstract designs and a few surprises. They have been created using feedback from local residents gathered via workshops and a consultation pack earlier this year and visits by local residents to the Bring The Paint street art festival in Leicester.
The murals will renovate unloved walls on Blake Walk, Gainsborough Road, Colyers Avenue and Saxilby Close. Created by artists including Michal Lach and GENT & ZINER, alongside Alex Rubes and Kiene Tuckley who will be working with local artists George Hill and Rich Peacock.
The project is being managed by Graffwerk, a multifaceted arts project team comprising of Anthony Overend and Izzy Hoskins. Focused on aerosol art Graffwerk has the aim of redefining the visual landscape of cities through the use of street art. As well as the Bring The Paint Festival in Leicester, Graffwerk have managed street art projects across the country, most recently for the city of culture programme in Coventry and the record-breaking St George’s Tower project in Leicester.
Helen Willmott, co-chair of CKHL, commented:
“After much planning and consultation led by local residents, we are delighted to be making this project a reality with some of the best artists in the country as well as our local talent. These murals will be a positive addition to the estates and provide the opportunity for local residents to see world-class art on a daily basis.”
CKHL is a community-led creative programme operating in the neighbourhoods of Kingswood and Hazel Leys in Corby. As a partnership between the KHL Big Local, Made With Many, The Core at Corby Cube and Corby Community Arts, the programme includes a variety of creative activities including pop-up activities, festivals, workshops and public art, aiming to make a positive impact on our area and community. The programme is part of the Creative Civic Change programme run by Local Trust and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Local Trust.
Feedback and photos
Please visit the four walls and fill in the survey to comment on the new murals:
- Football wall – Colyers Avenue survey
- Boxing Club wall – Saxilby Close survey
- Takeaway wall – Gainsborough Road survey
- Garage wall – Blake Road survey
Follow the CKHL at facebook.com/CreativeKHL or twitter.com/KHLbiglocal2012 for more information, a map and photos as the murals develop.
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Published Wednesday 10th August