Summer 2019 saw us take on a slightly different style of project, we worked in collaboration with the City Arts Express Yourself programme and Gedling Borough Council to create a mural at Arnot Hill park. The commission was part of a big celebratory event marking the parks centenary year. We worked with a group of young people to design and create an artwork to transform the old railway tunnel all inspired by 100 years of the park.
Local Historian Lynn Gadd had carefully mapped the parks history and provided us with loads of photographic inspiration. We were particularly interested in the range of events which had taken place at the park from diving competitions, to brass bands, maypole and even Punch and Judy shows.
We were a big part of the centenary picnic in July with the opportunity for the public to print on the mural and a show of Too Many Cooks taking place on the green.
The mural took 6 days of painting on site with a team of young people, local artists and students from Nottingham Trent University. We also ran stencil making sessions to produce the many framed images depicting the parks history. The frame itself was designed by a young person who gathered leaves from the park to create the design.
Monday 30th September saw the official launch of the Mural with local councillors and press attending to mark the occasion. The project was featured across local news including a live interview on ITV Midlands, an article in the evening post and various online features including; Gedling Eye, Nottingham Post, Nottinghamshire Alert
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