I went all out organising this festival alongside The Beeston and District Civic Society and much was achieved over the weekend 16-17 June; the action has continued with artists returning to complete their pieces plus more artists starting subsequently. We raised around £3000 through sponsorship and a crowdfund in order to make it all happen and the flurry of activity garnered much publicity with the BBC, Nottingham Post, Breeze Magazine plus many online publications and social media posts praising the art works (which are very varied – hopefully providing something for everyone).
Our festival prompted Broxtowe Council’s leader and deputy to look at the costed design commissions we presented last year and their Finance and Resources Committee voted on 12th July to spend their ring fenced £8k art fund on Street Art! Their first commission will be portraits of Sir Paul Smith, Edwin Starr and Richard Beckinsale by Zabou on the Station Road precinct walls leading down from Birds to the delivery entrance. This will happen after the summer.
We also have some funds remaining from our festival and look forward to Elliott Caine painting the side of Fred Hallam’s in a design featuring fruit and plants, plus Carrot Boy is going to do the store building in between Barnsdale’s and The Sewing Box and The Hive on Union Street will have bees and flowers by Qubek (we also hope to get him another wall later this year) not forgetting RJ77 Urban Stencils will return to paint a portrait of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet on the front of The Star Inn (another series filmed there). We have our eye on other prominent dull walls, some of which are currently going through probate and others for which we are awaiting freeholders’ permission. We are going to try and make the council’s £8k stretch as far as possible (it can be spent within 85 meters of the phase 1 buildings). If your business would like to become a sponsor and feature in the guide booklet that will be produced for tourists later this year, please do contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks so far to; Affinity Photo (Serif), Beeston Round Table, Beeston Nursery, The Star Inn, Tesco Beeston, Fred Hallam Ltd, Nottingham County Council and Northgate Vehicle Hire.