The Beeston Street Art group on Facebook are raising money for more murals. NeSpoon submitted a beautiful Lace Heritage work for the last Council Commission using a pattern from Parkes factory – it would be her first machine lace piece and a significant art/heritage asset/attraction for our town. If we reach the target we can bring her here this year. Please do give what you can and share the link – the crowdfund closes in 10 days on the 18 June.
Mural Life AKA Qubek was chosen by the leaders of Broxtowe Council to paint their next commission on the Station Rd precinct walls to the left of the delivery entrance and Zabou’s completed work. He submitted a landscape design about Beeston (derived from Beos meaning long/tall grass and Tun meaning farm or settlement) and enjoys painting flora and bees so his design will be a nature view for us all to enjoy – a breath of fresh air in a particularly urban spot.
The project leaders were overwhelmed with fantastic submissions and started a crowdfund to bring the excellent designs that were not chosen for this wall to other private walls – please contribute what you can here to help expand our town’s new art attractions and help revive our high street.
We also have some private commissions in the pipeline; Peter Barber is going to paint a portrait of Owen Jenkins running in the direction of the Rylands on the very top of the Station Rd side of Hairven; this mural will raise awareness of the charity set up in Owen’s memory by his family – the Open Water Education Network. Saint Property Services is now in discussion with Mr Cenz to commission a mural on a large residential end of terrace wall (junction of City Rd and Middle Street). The wall facing the Malt Shovel on what was The Hive on Union Street is soon to be painted by local artist Damon Barker and Broxtowe are also going to use some of their park fund to create a nature inspired mural in Broadgate Park on the brick wall at the sand pit end of the play park, continuing around the concrete fence facing the zip line. N4T4 will lead this with the involvement of local schools. Most recently Jim Vision’s company End of the Line have kindly offered to bring us a conservation themed mural to Chilwell High Rd on the large wall that used to have a billboard attached next to the Chequers. All of these works will happen this summer after which we will use our funds to create a glossy street art guide and hopefully a tour app – our town will be one of the top destinations for street art in the UK. The current guide is below and available as a .pdf :
Civic awards have long been made in major cities across the UK – Beeston joins that illustrious and often controversial group, by launching its own awards.
Covering the area of Beeston, Chilwell, Attenborough, Toton and the surrounding environs Beeston Civic Society are now looking to make awards for recently completed projects.
To be made biennially – as a centre part of the National Civic Day celebrations, mid-June this year, these brand-new awards will feature the best (plus a booby prize for the worst) designs and builds across the district.
Intended to enthuse others and to encourage inspirational design for the built environment, including landscape projects, the awards will only be made as and when there are noteworthy projects of considerable merit.
The award categories will encompass the best examples of new builds, refurbishment, regeneration and re-purposing of built environment together with landscaping. Projects need to have been completed locally within the past two years and to be in public view.
The Executive of Beeston Civic Society will be looking for nominations from members and from the wider public in each of the categories.
Announcing the award launch planning and design specialist, Vice Chair of the Society, Caroline Penn commented “This is another new and exciting venture for Beeston Civic. The award scheme – for notable recent developments, which make a positive contribution to the local physical environment, will, we hope, encourage better standards of design and so contribute to the enhancement of our public space.”
Download and fill in a nomination form now and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the festival 16-17 June 2018 and the first council commission by Zabou we now have many works around town and Beeston is fast becoming a top destination in the UK for visitors to tour street art. More pieces are on the way. Click HERE to open a printable .pdf of the map of existing works plus news of what is coming next below:
Sponsors so far include; Affinity Photo by Serif, Beeston Round Table, Beeston Nursery, The Star Inn, Beeston Tesco, Fred Hallam Ltd, Northgate Vehicle Hire, UK Powered Access, Saint Property Services, LMS Ltd, The Open Water Education Network, EndoftheLine.co, Happy Daze, Nottingham County Council and Broxtowe Council