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Photos and stories handed over for mural project

Dora Cooper, Mayor Adam Lowe, Peter Lawson, Monica Fernandez and Vicky Baddeley in Gaol Street. EMN-140513-130321001

Dora Cooper, Mayor Adam Lowe, Peter Lawson, Monica Fernandez and Vicky Baddeley in Gaol Street. EMN-140513-130321001

 

More than 70 people put on their thinking hats to get creative and help with a new art project.

The launch event for the Now Then mural scheme in Oakham was held at the Victoria Hall on Saturday.

Scores of people turned out to offer their photographs, stories and views of the town for the new mural which will be displayed on the wall at the Co-operative Funeralcare in Gaol Street.

The project will celebrate the industrial heritage of the site and is being led by commissioned artist Monica Fernandez, who lives in the town.

She said: “The highlight of the event was meeting Mr and Mrs Marlow who contributed to the project with an invaluable archive of pictures of Oakham, including a shot of the mural site from the 1950s.

“Their collection revealed the site of the future mural was the jail of Oakham in the late 19th century. They even had the original copies of prisoner’s sentences in 1870.”

“When people like this take action, they bring the project to its popular splendour.”

Now Then is being mainly funded by Arts Council England, Oakham Town Council, Rutland County Council and The Midlands Co-operative.

A selection of the material will be part of the mural made out of ceramic tiles which will be completed and installed in September.

Participation is still open until the end of June.

The next ideas session is being held on Saturday, May 21 at Oakham Farmer’s Market and the following day at Buttercross House, Oakham, from 7pm.

To contribute via Facebook, see www.facebook.com/nowthenmuralproject

For more, visit www.nowthen-mural.com

 

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