Banbury Cross to get an arty makeover through the summer


Local people are invited to join workshops to create the pieces which will be displayed

Banbury Cross will be getting an arty makeover this summer with textile creations complementing the floral displays between May and September.

Round and Round is a Cherwell District Council initiative focusing on reducing, reusing, and recycling.   Artist Anne-Marie Cadman will work with local people to transform the old floral display frames at the Cross.

These will be used for temporary textile installations to bring extra vibrancy to the iconic landmark.

In a similar vein to the community art project which transformed a section of Lower Cherwell Street, local people are being invited to one of four sessions to create the textile artwork which will be used.   Sessions will be held at the Orinoco store on the High Street next Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 1pm and 3pm and throughout the day at the Hill next Thursday, when Springfest will be taking place.   There is no requirement to pre-book for these events.

Another session will be held at The Mill Arts Centre on April 11 from 10am to 3pm.  For this event places need to be booked by emailing Laura Walker or Jane Sperinik, or by calling 01295 227177.

A limited number of at-home packs are also available for those unable to attend an in-person session.   These are offered on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 01295 221980.

Nicola Riley, Assistant Director of Wellbeing and Housing Services, said: “Trying your hand at something you’ve not done before is a great way to make friends, learn new skills and boost your mood. We are proud to provide residents with the opportunity to come together to create something that reflects the heart and spirit of the Banbury community.

“We are excited to welcome Anne-Marie to our upcoming sessions to ensure that attendees can unleash their creativity under the tutelage of an expert and wholeheartedly encourage everyone to join us at our free sessions.

“Sustainable practices are important to us as a council, and we are delighted to be able to repurpose pre-existing materials and transform them into a bright, cheerful, and personal welcome to Banbury.”

Anne-Marie Cadman said: “I am thrilled to be involved in this public arts project. The aim of the initiative is for participants to have fun and harness their creativity with the techniques on offer, use some vibrant recycled materials and bring the outcomes together for four eye catching community arts installations.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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