Working with local communities to help them create large scale artwork for their area is something I really enjoy.
In 2015 I was a member of the Do15 Creative Outreach Team for Bristol2015/YoungBristol. The team were asked to create 15 pieces of public art with community members of the 15 neighbourhood partnership areas of Bristol. The idea was to find out where in each area would most benefit the artwork and if the artwork could address something the community wished to be celebrated or changed.
The projects that I led are as follows:
Worked with local youth group Avon Loud Mouth, community members and the MSHED to research and plan a paint by number mural depicting the history of Avonmouth. Commissioned Illustrators Hannah Bailey and Aidan Meighan to create the line drawing. Worked with local communities and a senior art club to paint the mural.
With the help of young people painted a play space onto the concrete in the disused space under the flyer over in Hotwells. In association with Art Under The Flyover.
Designed reading tents to be installed in Filton Avenue Nursery. Commissioned Leighanne Treadwell to sew the tents and painted them with the nursery children.
Using local children’s designs repainted the bollards of East Street, Bedminster to brighten up the road and celebrate local artists.
Led a project in Henbury to reduce fly-tipping and antisocial behaviour. Painted flowers on the road and walls with local residents and young people. Worked with the community to design artworks that contained eyes as this is proven to improve behaviour. Commissioned Olas Art to create graffiti murals with young people.
Working with the local community to paint flowers and birds on the walls of a neglected car park that was heavily fly-tipped.
Worked with a group of Young Artists to create a three dimensional mural about their efforts to be more environmentally friendly.
Designed a large puzzle piece to represent the Bristol 2015 logo. Each piece was decorated by local community members with imagery and text about how they can be more environmentally friendly. Displayed at various events and possible permanent home at Mshed, Bristol.