The Brick Project is a community activity that will turn a relatively unloved urban area in Plymouth into a public archive of thousands of mini-artworks created by local people.
The project has previously been created in Bristol and Macclesfield, where communities joined together under the leadership of Dan Petley.
The Plymouth version is hoped to start in spring or summer 2019 during the build-up to the Mayflower 400 commemoration year. Several sites are being considered, including the steps at Glen Park Avenue leading up to Winston Avenue towards North Road East. This will be seen by many people arriving in Plymouth by train.
The Brick Project is a creative community activity, which will allow local people to feel a sense of shared investment in making the area better. Renovation of this space is decided by those who use it, using it as a chance to share thoughts on living in an urban area together.
The beauty of the Brick Project is that it engages everyone by inviting them to make a piece of work that is part of a bigger picture. Existing Brick Projects have never been defaced thanks to the fact they have given participants a sense of ownership. Everyone in the city will know someone else who has painted a brick in the tunnel - so no one will want to damage it.
Sites that appear unloved are still used by a variety of people. By inviting those who use and inhabit areas to make a permanent painted piece they are encourage them to freely express themselves, improvising an image to inspire hope and commitment to the future of the community, and leaving a mark that will not only be part of an attraction but a source of pride for those who take part in its development. The project is covered with an anti graffiti epoxy coating that will last a minimum of 20 years.
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