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Top of the Town streets to come alive as part of new arts project

News release 10115, published on 16 Mar 2022
A new colourful arts project is set to bring streets in Basingstoke’s Top of the Town to life this spring.

Supporting the borough’s economic recovery and encouraging people to return to the town centre, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is working with local artists to brighten the area with a series of colourful artwork.

Artists Liam Kelleher, Corinne Marsh, Kev Munday, Sian Storey, Rachel Davis, Jacky Purtill and Laura Messin will transform street furniture with vibrant designs as part of a new trail of street art throughout the town centre.

In a nod to Basingstoke’s past, present and future, benches will also be brought to life with poems and illustrations to celebrate the town’s history, notable people, buildings and biodiversity with words by Josh Dixon, Rebecca Lyon and Lydia Thomson and illustrations by Laura Fisher and Fatima Pantoja.

In partnership with TrailTale, a new digital walking trail will also launch later this spring where visitors to the town centre will be able to enjoy the new series of colourful artwork.

The projects have been made possible through funding from Arts Council England, the government’s Welcome Back Fund and in partnership with Openreach.

Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Leisure Cllr Rebecca Bean said: “As well as bringing our town’s historic heart to life, this project aims to get people to take a few minutes out of their day to stop and appreciate a series of fantastic and colourful pieces of art which will celebrate the very best of our borough.

“We are extremely lucky to have a number of talented artists and I am delighted that we have been able to work with them on this project to showcase their talents and help put Basingstoke on the street arts map alongside places such as Southampton and Winchester.”

For more information about the project, visit www.lovebasingstoke.co.uk

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