New trail to explore colourful outdoor art gallery in the town centre
Supporting the borough’s economic recovery and encouraging people to return to the town centre, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has been working with local artists to brighten the area.
Artists Liam Kelleher, Corinne Marsh and ArtWell, Kev Munday, Sian Storey, Rachel Davis, Neil Jepson, Joanne Morse, Rachel O’Connell, Jacky Purtill, Laura Messin and Willow The Wispa have transformed 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 have been 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.
A new digital walking trail with more information about the pieces and the artists behind them has now been launched and is available by downloading the free TRAILTALE app. The trail takes approximately one hour to complete.
Paper copies of the trail map will also be available in a number of businesses in the Top of the Town.
The Streets Alive project has been made possible with support from the government’s Welcome Back Fund, the European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England.
Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cllr Simon Bound said: “I would like to thank the fantastic local artists who have worked with us to transform the Top of the Town with their colourful creations which celebrates the best of the borough.
“It has been great to see so many people visiting the Top of the Town stopping to admire the new artwork and share it on social media. As the summer approaches, what better way to get some steps in and admire this colourful artwork than by taking part in the new walking trail.”
For more information about the project, visit www.basingstokefestival.co.uk/streetsalive/