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Cultural Programme for North Somerset Town Centres

28th September 2020

The hoardings on the old police station site in Weston have taken on a new look!  In September street artists from across the South came together to bring their collective talent, creativity and inimitable style to the row of hoardings in Walliscote Road.

Situated at the former police station site on the entrance to the town, the boards were transformed with a diverse mix of vibrant, unique designs, as part of a collaborative project ‘The Only Way is Up’ between Culture Weston and Weston community arts initiative ‘S.M.ART’, supported in kind by North Somerset Council.

Well-renowned artists including Andrew Burns Colwill and Damian Nicholson – D-ammo – worked alongside rising talent and new-comers to create an eclectic street scene of thought-provoking, original images guaranteed to lift the spirits at this time of national uncertainty.

Enthralled passers-by watched as the scenes emerged, animating the blank space with a riot of colour and street art style that remains for the future, to be enjoyed by locals and visitors to the town alike.

Fiona Matthews, Creative Director at Culture Weston, said: ”The local and artist community have come together with amazing generosity to create this energetic street artwork that colourfully draws you into its many messages, including looking after the environment and each other. Street art can do so much to animate a place and communicate the zeitgeist, and we look forward to more collaborations that paint Weston’s streets with life and love.”

Cllr Mike Solomon, a Weston-based member on North Somerset Council, said: “The idea for this Sprayjam followed the success of the mural in Weston’s High Street and we have been happy to support S.M.ART and Culture Weston as they took the project forward. As you can see there are some fabulous works from artists that gave up their time to brighten up our town. We are looking at potential, exciting projects for the future, so watch this space.”

The project was part of a year long programme across North Somerset to support creative workers and help revitalise town centres.

For further information please contact Josyanne Clarke

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