Art brings community together

Artwork37: (from left) Kate Turner (artist) with son Harry (1), Harry Langstone (12), Ellie Mae Gane (9), Councillor Tony Skipper, Donna Milliner (customer involvement, Whitefriars), Laughlan Hamilton (13), Carol Speed (Neighbourhood Action), Kate Hughes (secretary of residents group).


 

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

A colourful banner of artwork which shows the best of community spirit has been put on display in Radford.

The series of A4 collages, drawings and paintings were created by families living in Whitefriars Housing properties in Mossdale Close and Bulwer Road.

Local artist Kate Turner spent an afternoon working with children aged between three and 12 on the project and a number of parents also lent a hand.

Organised by Mossdale Residents’ Group, the art session was held during the February half-term. 

Funding for the project came from Whitefriars Housing’s Pride in Our Street initiative which awards grants to community schemes.

The finished banner went on display for the first time at St Nicholas Church, Radford, in a grand unveiling on April 12. Visitors could also meet their neighbours and enjoy tea and cake.

There are plans to carry the banner in this year’s Godiva Procession.

Kate Hughes, 71, secretary of Mossdale Residents’ Group, said: “We aim to do what we can for young people in the area, especially during the holidays when they can struggle to find activities.

“Our artist Kate had everyone working around the theme of ‘we love our community’.

“Some of the drawings are of ants helping each other and another shows a group of boys in hoodies on their way to youth club, with the message being ‘don’t prejudge’.”

The theme was particularly relevant as residents of Mossdale Close and Bulwer Road have worked together with Whitefriars Housing, police and Coventry City Council to overcome historic problems with anti-social behaviour.

This partnership has won a clutch of awards including one from the Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group and a prize from national magazine Full House.

Donna Milliner, community involvement officer for Whitefriars Housing, said: “The artwork brings to life what it means to be part of a community and that’s something local residents have worked hard to achieve. 

“People are now proud to live in the area, they know their neighbours and they’re happy to be involved in what’s going on. The residents’ group are doing a fantastic job.” 

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