We are currently in the process of securing final permission for this project from Leicester City Council. We are extremely confident that our permission will be granted before the end of this campaign. No funds will be transferred to the project delivery manager until permission has been granted. We wish to support children from Marvellous Art Gallery's Kids Art Club to take part in the city’s successful community art festival, ‘Bring the Paint’, working on wall space situated in an area of historical significance to create ‘Walk Through the Past’, bringing art and heritage together producing a permanent mural of the city’s heritage in contemporary graffiti art style. This project is a collaboration between Graffwerks, the Marvellous Art Gallery and the convenor of The Kids Art club, an award-winning Arts & Heritage Educator who works with children aged 6-12 with different backgrounds and nationalities from all over Leicester.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
With the Discovery of Richard III, Leicester became the focus of the world and continues to bring in heritage tourism boosting the local economy. But it’s rich and varied history stretches much further back into the past especially compared to other cities in the U.K. we can trace our roots back to the Iron Age! The idea for this project is to encourage the children’s art club to engage through a contemporary art technique with the city’s heritage as many of them are from different culturally diverse backgrounds. The mural will appeal to a wide range of the community, improving a dowdy area behind the Jewry Wall Museum, making it a better place for local inhabitants, businesses and heritage tourism. There is a great opportunity too for the school communities to engage with the history on their doorstep, when they visit the museum and inspire to consider producing their own ‘Walk Through the Past’ murals using the national curriculum’s local history unit.
Steps to get it done:
We have been in contact with Graffwerks Arts Organisation for quotations for the following activities; A combined session for the children in which the basics are learnt in the morning through drawings. The artist would then create an overall image for everyone to get involved in spraying in the afternoon. This would be a discounted combined cost of £1100. Creating a mural as a final piece 'Walk Through the Past'. For a community based satellite wall with a lead artist creating a text-based mural with some imagery alongside the young persons during 'Bring The Paint' you would be looking at a standalone cost of somewhere around £2500 - £3000.
About the space
Leicester City Council
Good meeting this morning by phone with the Head of Arts, Leicester City Council and his team, myself (Debbie, Kids Club Tutor), and Marvin (Director of Marvellous Art Gallery), to discuss our project. The city council like the idea and are happy to support. They gave us some good suggestions to consider for the impact of the project after it is completed, which has my mind (Debbie), buzzing again with creative ideas! We would like the project to have a long term impact for the community beyond the festival and maybe lead to further community engagement activities. The wall space we have proposed for the project is not under ownership of the city council, so we are awaiting a email from them to advise as to whom we need to contact for permission. I (Debbie), also need to follow up with Graffwerk on a item. Otherwise very happy with how things went this morning.