Medway Council have released details for a commission to help create a mural in Chatham High Street.
The artist’s brief is to create a design based on feedback and to facilitate and support local people in the community to paint a mural. The working title for the mural is ‘Chatham – past, present and future’.
In June 2012 a residents’ working party was set up to identify the improvements needed in Chatham town centre. Following a series of consultation events in the wider community, a number of priorities and potential projects were identified. These included enhancing the appearance of the High Street through ‘Greening and Street Art’. Young people played a role in the consultations and suggested that painting a mural in the town centre would ‘give young people something to do’ and ‘if the High Street is made to look nice people will care about it’. Through discussion in the Residents Working Party, the idea of an intergenerational project with young people working alongside older members of the community evolved.
- To enhance the appearance of the site by creating an attractive art mural
- To instill a sense of pride in Chatham by depicting scenes from its past, present and future
- To foster trust and co-operation between younger and older residents through team-working
This is connected with the Developing Neighbourhoods Approach (DNA) project, which supports local residents to improve quality of life by empowering them to make changes in their communities.