Have your say on content for new street art project

Published: Friday, 22nd September 2017

Oxford City Council is set to install new street art in Cowley – and wants residents’ views on what the artwork should feature.

The new ‘free wall’, where street artists will be able to legally paint artwork, will be located on the City Council hoardings that surround the old Murco Garage site in Between Towns Road.

It is hoped that local artists, schools and community groups will produce artwork that reflects Cowley and Oxford to fill the space.

A public consultation meeting will take place at The Ark T Centre, in Crowell Road, from 5pm to 6.30pm on Thursday 28 September.

Residents will be able to suggest ideas for the artwork, and local artists are encouraged to attend if they want to be involved in the project.

The hoardings will surround the site for the next 18 months.

Oxford City Council already has two ‘free walls’, at the top of South Park and in Meadow Lane.

Councillor Tom Hayes, Executive Board Member for Community Safety, said: “We’re promoting a positive, community-focused approach to stopping unwanted graffiti which can blight neighbours and, as importantly, supporting local artists to add colour to their own communities.

“The City Council is eager to hear people’s thoughts on what Cowley means to them at this meeting and I hope local people come along and share their suggestions for artwork.”