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A new graffiti wall made available to local artists

31 October 2017

A local construction company has provided access to a wall in order to encourage art work from local artists in the community.

Taylor Wimpey has created a temporary street art provision at the construction site next to Essex Record Office. The company was aware that the graffiti wall in Wharf Road car park was closed, and this was regularly used by local artists in the community. 

To respond to the closure, Taylor Wimpey has created a new space on their hoarding, which can be used by local artists in the community. Taylor Wimpey was keen to provide the new space as part of their wish to engage with the local community. 

The graffiti wall has already generated a positive response from the community, including local street artist Steven Harris, who has created graffiti art work on the new wall. 

Cllr Mark Durham, Essex County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities & Customer said, “I’m pleased that Taylor Wimpey has provided local street artists such a public and well-frequented space on which they can be creative. I’m looking forward to seeing what they produce.” 

Peter Monk, Taylor Wimpey Project Consultant, “After speaking to many of the street artists over the last few months it’s apparent how important this is to the artist community and how far people travel to express their art. Taylor Wimpey promotes community engagement and looks forward to seeing the artist at work”

Essex County Council’s Cultural Development Team will be working closely with Taylor Wimpey to spread the word about this opportunity and encourage use of the new space, including through exploreculture.org.uk, a one stop shop to find out about cultural events and activities across Essex.