The Crabtree Underpass is having a long awaited make-over! Completed over 18 years ago, local parents who remembered painting the mural on the Underpass when they were small, felt it was about time their own children had a go at reviving the Underpass!
Following an open call-out for an artist to work with the nearby school and local residents, Todd Wood from Urban Canvas was appointed to lead the project. Maria Shakespeare, Chair of the People’s Choice TRA and Clare Toland, Art Coordinator at Crabtree Farm school have helped coordinate this project and encouraged local people to get involved.
Todd has run sessions with school children on developing the themes and drawings that would be incorporated into the final design.
Consultation with passers by and local residents brought out a strong preference for bright and bold colours. There was a wish for the Crabtree to be depicted, geese (which the children see most morning on their school field!), poppies (because the school supports the British Royal Legion as their chosen charity each year) and a portrait of local resident, Herbert, who keeps owls and is a well-loved local man. Todd has skilfully incorporated all of these elements in a final design which is getting a fabulous reaction from local passers-by!
School children’s own drawings fill the tunnel section of the underpass and they were able to go down in small groups and try out spray-painting for themselves!
A celebration event will take place on Thursday 20th July 2017, from 3.15 – 4.30pm to thank all those involved.
Creative Nottingham North (Rebalancing the Outer Estates Foundation) has helped The People’s Choice TRA raise the funds and managed the recruitment of the artist and liaison with the local community. The project has been supported by Bulwell Councillors and Nottingham City Homes. We look forward to posting completed pictures soon!