The Whitchurch Community Arts Project is looking for supporters for the town’s colourful bollards who may wish to help a worthy cause at the same time.
Supporting good causes
In an innovative development of the scheme local businesses can now support good causes. They can sponsor, part or in whole, bollard designs on behalf of charities and other groups.
One such charity, which has recently approached the project for a bollard is the Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance, based at Thruxton.
Businesses and individuals who would like to show support for the Air Ambulance (or indeed any other cause) are now being sought.
From the Air Ambulance:
Every day the Air Ambulance crew provide an efficient, prompt response to road traffic collisions, sporting accidents, collapses, and many other incidents throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The Helicopter is called out many times per day, and these missions are often life saving.
We receive no government, or national lottery funding, so the air ambulance is truly your air ambulance, because without your hard work, generosity and commitment, we would not be flying and saving lives across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Sponsors’ names can be incorporated into the bollard design and included in publicity.
To support the Air Ambulance, contact the art project.
Presently five of the 16 bollards painted to date are supported with non-SEEDA funding and more are due to be added.
MORE ART PROJECT NEWS
Visitors attracted to town
The creative scheme has gained national recognition as more are decorated, adding to the vibrant street landscape. This week a group expressed interest in visiting Whitchurch having heard about the project, and this is now being arranged for the summer months. Other towns have also made contact, showing interest in the concept. Meanwhile plans for working as part the Five Gold Rings Olympic project are also continuing.
Artists and ideas sought
There is still a need for ideas for further designs. The project is also looking for additional artists who may like to wield a paintbrush. This could be an ideal opportunity for any budding artists or students wishing to gain experience in street art.
Full support is provided.
- In the first instance ideas are submitted to the Whitchurch Community Arts Project.
These can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, or dropped into Whitchurch Town Hall.
There are templates available if required on the website at WHITCHURCH BOLLARDS
Submissions can be in any form from ‘back of an envelope’ doodles to full design.
- The concepts are then assessed and made into working designs by the project designer before being presented to the full Town Council for approval.
- An artist is then commissioned to carry out the painting. Most have been painted by local Whitchurch Arts member Steve Miller with support from others.
- The art project is also backed by funding from SEEDA (South East England Development Agency), the total amount of which (just under £6000) was determined by the members of the Town Centre Improvement Programme.
From this comes insurance costs, materials, promotion and painting expenses. Accountability for the funding rests with the registered charity, the Whitchurch Association.