Art brick­work to re­vamp underpass

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AN ugly underpass is to be trans­formed into a pic­turesque passage through a new art project.

The Mac­cles­field Brick Project is of­fer­ing ev­ery­one a chance to paint one of the 3,000 ‘bricks’ which line the sub­way be­neath Park Lane.

Ev­ery day un­til next Wed­nes­day (June 1), a dif­fer­ent artist from the town will be on hand to help would-be artists cre­ate their mini-mas­ter­pieces.

Artists in­clude: Ralph McGaul. Kails Tres­son, TJ Dolan, Jean West­brook, Pat Cody, Julie Hamer, Jane Os­mond and Dan Pet­ley, who came up with the idea.

Dan said: “Your job is to de­sign and hand paint one in this wall to show how you feel about Mac­cles­field. When each of the bricks is fin­ished, your work will be a part of a gi­ant colour­ful com­mu­nal mas­ter­piece.

“We have been in­spired by the di­ver­sity of peo­ple of all ages, who reg­u­larly walk through this underpass, and we want to in­volve them in pro­duc­ing mean­ing­ful minia­ture paint­ings.”

The project is be­ing sup­ported by Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil and runs un­til June 1.

Dan added: “Your work could be about things you en­joy do­ing in Mac­cles­field, lo­cal wildlife, a pic­ture of your friend or any­thing that in­spires you.

“Just turn up any day of the project, choose a brick and start paint­ing. We sup­ply paint­ing ma­te­ri­als and over­alls. So, whether you’re a clas­si­cally trained master painter or more in­ter­ested in sketch­ing stick men, we can’t wait to see how you ex­press your­self.”

Coun Neil Puttick, from Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil, en­cour­aged ev­ery­one to get in­volved.

He said: “We al­ready have lots of com­mu­nity groups and schools com­ing along for the first half of the project, but if you’d like to paint a brick feel free to come along. We’ll even be run­ning some evening ses­sions to en­sure peo­ple who go through at night can try their hand at paint­ing for Mac­cles­field.

“Peo­ple tak­ing part in the Brick Project will have their own ded­i­cated brick to dec­o­rate, a per­ma­nent con­tri­bu­tion to the town to show to their friends and rel­a­tives. It will also give op­por­tu­ni­ties to dis­cuss what we want our town to look like and how we can take own­er­ship of our spa­ces.”

As bricks are com­pleted they will be posted on a web­site de­voted to the project: mac­cles­field.brick­pro­ject.co.uk.

To sign up call 01625 374142 or email clerk@ mac­cles­field-tc.gov.uk.

●● Artists Harry West­book and Dan Pet­ley at The Mac­cles­field Brick Project and (inset) some of the bricks al­ready trans­formed

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