TAMWORTH arts group, New Urban Era have revealed more community artwork in the last couple of weeks after changing the way they run their Urban Arts Festival due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The Urban Arts Festival was scheduled to take place on 27 June this year but sadly could not go ahead. The organisers, however, did not want artistic talent to go unnoticed this year and so organised a number of online and satellite events, enabling them to spread the artwork across the borough.
One of the more recent pieces of work was when they scored a hat-trick after painting England captains Harry Kane and Steph Houghton along with England legend Bobby Moore.
The artwork is part of this year’s Tamworth Urban arts festival which is funded by Arts Council England and was completed in partnership with Cottage Farm Rangers FC at Tamworth Enterprise College.
Harry Kane was painted by Artist Title who also recently painted the Captain Tom mural at Bradley Scott Windows, Artist Nyces painted Steph Houghton and West Ham Fan Gnasher painted Bobby Moor.
Vic Brown from NUE told Tamworth Informed: “It’s great to work with the club who have supported our festival for some years now.
“The project has enabled us to keep the sports element of our annual event alive as we can’t host our main event this year. It also tied in with what would have been England’s first game at Wembley for Euro 2020, so the timing is perfect ”
A spokesperson for Cottage Farm Rangers added: “Working with Vic and NUE has been a pleasure from start to finish. From the inception of the idea, through to the finished pieces, all stages have surpassed our expectations.
We look forward to this artwork being enjoyed by all at Cottage Farm Rangers, Tamworth Enterprise College and visitors to the venue.
The backdrop of the portraits, along with the newly finished 3G surface provides a fantastic facility to play grassroots football”
NUE has installed the Unity Mural banner in the castle grounds to mark the occasion of the festival. The banner was created by Tamworth Children and artists who have been submitted artwork during the lockdown.
Speaking about the artwork, Linda Pierson from Glascote preschool has said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed the activity and loved seeing the picture that you have put together using their work, it really gave them a sense of pride and positivity within our nursery, sending you a massive thank you for allowing us to be a part of the project”
Other projects have taken place this week with Artists painting two underpass walls in Stoneydelph and also Kettlebrook footbridge.
The Artwork is the next phase of the ongoing Cycle arts trail that will see further artworks added later this year.
NUE also launched the ‘art crawl’ project that aims to support local business during the Coronavirus crisis. Two pieces of art are now on display at The Coven Pub on Lichfield Street (Formerly the Boot Inn) and Absolutely flab-u-less in the town Centre, created by Local Artists Wingy and N4T4.
Further artwork is due to be installed at Ankerside Shopping Centre and Jynx Nightclub, with more locations to be announced soon.
Nue founder Vic Brown told us: “Our main priority at the moment is to deliver all projects safely so we took the decision to stagger dates to avoid crowds gathering to watch the Artist.
“However, we had to pull out the stops for the week of our scheduled event and deliver something special for Tamworth. I think we delivered with flying colours and we have some more tricks up our sleeves that will become apparent over the coming months. We still managed to avoid any risks to the public by hosting a virtual paint event on Saturday 27th.”
The event is believed to be the only one of its kind in the UK and attracted artist from as far as Belgium who streamed live art to NUE who then streamed a total of 23 artists to Facebook simultaneously.
The weekend’s action didn’t stop there New Urban Era also included a DJ Workshop streamed Online Sunday morning followed by the Lockdown Beatbox Final Sunday evening with Bass Venture taking the crown.
Vic adds: “We’re trying our best to keep things moving and we are missing the public engagement but the great thing about streaming live is if you miss it you can watch back any time on our Facebook page.”