Community mural unveiled in Oakham

The unveiling of the mural project in Oakham. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-141124-105827001

The unveiling of the mural project in Oakham. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-141124-105827001

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A new mural has been unveiled in Oakham after months of creative work to produce the ‘ excellent’ piece of art.

People from across Oakham gathered on Saturday morning to witness the unveiling of the new Gaol Street mural.

The £10,000 project, envisioned by local artist Monica Fernandez, consists of over 100 photographs which have been digitally printed onto ceramic tiles and mounted onto the wall outside the Co-operative Funeral Care building.

Over 180 members of the community have been involved in the project by taking part in a programme of events held at the Victoria Hall, the monthly Farmer’s Market, Catmose, the Buttercross House and Jules Youth Club.

Artist Monica Fernandez said: “These murals are about the memories, stories and history of local industries.

“I feel honoured to share ownership with all the residents from Oakham and Rutland who have taken part sharing their photos, time and belongings.”

Oakham’s deputy mayor, Alf Dewis said: “ The unveiling went very well, the design work is excellent and it really does depict Oakham and Rutland over the years.

“The crowd of spectators at the unveiling gave lots of praise for the new mural.

“It really is something for Oakham to treasure.”

Funding for the project came from the Arts Council, Oakham Town Council, Rutland County Council, Oakham Town Partnership, Travis Perkins, Tim Norton, Rutland Plastics, and Hambleton Farms.