Posted by: dorsetcpre | July 31, 2014

Positive Street Art Community Project

An art project which will enhance and add interest to the Old Market Car Park, Sherborne is now underway. The challenge is to paint 18 large panels showing the history of the town from the 700’s to the present day which will then be installed on permanent display along the fencing owned by the Post Office.

Leading on this Positive Street Art project is a small committee of dedicated people from Sherborne Area Partnership, The Gryphon School, Sherborne ArtsLink, plus other individuals and groups within the town.  The Sherborne and District Society CPRE also support the Art Project and Peter Neal is on the steering group. Funding has been received from the Simon Digby Trust, Magna Housing and ArtsLink’s Big Lottery TakepArt project.

MURAL PANEL Sherborne Art Project

Mural Panel Sherborne Art Project

The big task of designing the work has been undertaken by Mike Fenton-Wilkinson, Head of Art and Photography at the Gryphon School. Working with historian Katherine Barker to ensure that key moments and historical accuracy is maintained, he has produced a dynamic, colour-filled design which will be attractive and educational. Moments such as when the Abbey bell tower caught fire and the bells came crashing down, and when the Danes came raiding up the river Parrett, have been depicted to provide a lively image which will be attractive for local people and tourists alike.

The project would like as many local people as possible involved in the actual painting of these panels. Everyone is welcome to come along to community painting sessions which are organised from 10.30 am – 3.00 pm at the Digby Hall in Sherborne on Thursday 7th and Wednesday 20 August. No artistic experience is required as full guidance will be provided by visual artist Peter Sheridan. Group sessions at the local youth centre and at the Gryphon school will be organised during the autumn term to enable as many organisations, individuals and schools to contribute to the creation of this large piece of community art. It is planned to install the finished art work in late November 2014.

A spokesperson from the Positive Street Art group says “This ambitious project offers local people an opportunity to takepart in producing a quality piece of art work which will not only enhance Sherborne for local people, but also create a feature which will be of interest to others and bring more tourists to the town. Funded locally, designed locally, painted by the local community for Sherborne, this piece of art will not only enhance the town but also help the economy.”

The project is keen to hear form anyone interested in taking part or finding out more. Please contact Jennie Loader at Sherborne ArtsLink on 01935 815899 or

Sherborne ArtsLink is an educational community arts charity core-funded by West Dorset District Council. Sherborne ArtsLink is working on the TakepArt project which is funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund with: The Rendezvous, The Gryphon School, Tinney’s Lane Youth Centre, Sherborne Centre for Wellbeing (incorporating Get into Reading South-West), Sherborne Learning Centre, Sherborne Children’s Centre.

Director: Helen Chaloner   Email:

TakepArt Community Arts Co-ordinator: Jennie Loader Email:

01935 815899

Website:  Facebook: Sherborne ArtsLink  Twitter: @RealArtslink

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