Our Art Neighbourhood brings the community together

Our Art Neighbourhood brings the community together

 

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Two giant billboards showcasing the artistic talents of local residents have been revealed this week as part of a celebration of local community spirit in Leigh. 

 

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The billboards on Atherleigh Way and Chadwick Street mark the end of Our Art Neighburhood, an exciting summer-long arts initiative organised by Leigh Neighbours, the community-led lottery funded project which aims to address issues of social deprivation and community cohesion in an area of west Leigh.  

 

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In addition to the billboards, areas across the town have been transformed by textile features, including crocheted squares sewn together to form attractive decoration on street furniture as well as pom-poms hanging from trees and other structures, all completed as part of a novel yarn bombing trail.  

 

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Altogether, Our Art Neighbourhood saw local residents and school children take part in more than 300 hours of creative workshops, including urban graffiti art, digital photography and textile sculpture.  

 

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Martyn Lucas (pictured second from left) who managed the project says: “We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the way the local community has embraced the project and how it’s generated such a wealth of passion and enthusiasm. The feedback from the series of workshops was incredibly positive and we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to repeat the project again next year.” 

 

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In addition to catching sight of either of the two billboards, local residents are also invited to pop along to the temporary art installation at 4-6 Market Street, where there’s an opportunity to see some of the work from the artists who led the workshops, as well as a chance to meet them. A video featuring sequences filmed at various summer workshops is also available to view at the exhibition.

 

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Susan Gredecki, joint chair of Leigh Neighbours says: “Our Art Neighbourhood sums up what Leigh Neighbours is all about: people coming together, sharing experiences, celebrating local community spirit. It’s a huge success, not only for those who took part helping to create these exciting canvases, but also for Leigh as a whole. We should all be immensely proud of this shared effort.”

 

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Our Art Neighbourhood was produced in partnership with the Arts Council of England.