Sustainability and Community Art Project and Workshop
*Update – The mural is complete. Article to follow shortly.
As part of the Plastic Free Swindon campaign, SCAN have been working with Artsite, InSwindon BID and local businesses to produce a town centre mural and to run a one-day workshop. The town centre is in much need of regeneration. This project is about hope, community, creativity and sustainability. It is designed to reinvigorate community art in the town centre and provide a positive space with activities and information. Thanks to InSwindon BID for funding the project and helping to organise these events.
Two muralists have been chosen have been chosen to create the mural on Regent Street in town:
Martin Travers is an experienced muralist who grew up in Swindon. He ‘travels the world painting murals and working on community arts projects’.
Martin will be mentoring local muralist Peter Cowdy who has done a number of professional murals over the past year.
We held a creative workshop next to Savers in The Parade in the town centre from 10am to 4pm on Saturday the 8th of June. It had elements of art, community and sustainability.
- Artsite were involved with making a collaborative turtle from used plastic. People also sewed hearts with different motifs such as the Refill and XR logos.
- SCAN was talking with people about issues of plastic and waste in general. Good to hear more perspectives from the people of Swindon and share info.
- Refill Swindon has had a brilliant couple of months with the scheme doing very well around town; Arkell’s Brewery the latest to sign up. The main organiser for Refill was talking about the scheme.
- RSPCA North Wiltshire was there talking about some of the great work that they do in the community and giving away beautifully wrapped seeds. The RSPCA’s work includes coming to the aid of animals who have been injured by litter and helping people understand how to look after their pets.
This was a very positive day! Thanks to everyone involved and the people of Swindon for getting involved.