10 August 2021 - Subway sorted!
The subway mural is now completed. Thank you to everyone who has helped support this project.
Our funding did not stretch to fully decorating the ramps so we hope to bring Dan, the artist back next spring to add some more images to the artwork.
2 August 2021 - Work has now started!
We seeking support for the project to improve the Claverton Street subway so it can be a fabulous pedestrian entrance to and from the City from the south. The painting is scheduled to take place in early August 2021.
You can make a difference and allow us to complete and extend this project to transform this space.
We raised £585 thank you to everyone who contributed:
£585 raised (1 August 2021)
Nearly two years ago Bath & Northeast Somerset Council (B&NES) completed a refurbishment of the dirty, old, prone to flooding subway and created a blank canvass. The WA working with Bear Flat and other local residents felt that would be significantly improved if we could install an art work that linked the City with the countryside in southern Bath.
In the summer of 2019 a competition was held with 8 shortlisted local artists. We had a questionnaire capturing input from regular users of the subway and displays in Widcombe, Bear Flat and Alexandra Park. There were over 450 responses and the design by Sarah Ovens was selected.
Details of the design:
Plans were set and agreed with B&NES. Then the we hit some delays in particular due to the pandemic. There were some technical issues to overcome and core funding to be found. Also the artist and her family have recently left Widcombe for a new adventure in Africa. Therefore, we needed to find a new artist to execute Sarah's design. We have been fortunate to secure the services of Dan Wilson who has undertaken some exceptional work on similar schemes. The pictures below are of a scheme in Oxford (more info can be found on his website www.decreate.co.uk ). Work will commence in June / July 2021.
Oxford Canal Murals
We have had exceptionally generous support with nearly £4,000 raised so far, which makes this project possible. Thanks to:
- B&NES support with time, expertise and agreement to apply the anti-graffiti surface
- B&NES Widcombe & Lyncombe ward councillors funds
- Mayden Limited
- Buro Happold
- Lord Architecture
- Crown Paints, donation of materials
- Bear Flat Association
- Widcombe Association
- Time and support by our volunteers on fund planning, design, sourcing and fund raising and their persistence has made sure we have got to a viable scheme (Helen Peter, Hilary Furlonger and local residents).
To complete the project and to extend the design, as far as we are able, onto both walls and up the walkways we are seeking further donations. Please help us to complete the project. All amounts of donations are welcome. All donations received will go to extending the design.