So I was pleased as punch when they invited Art.Works to come on board and make their creative ideas a reality.
Over the summer months Lower Falinge Housing Estate has been awash with poster paints, sticky palettes and plywood as six community groups from the estate got to work transforming a dull brick wall into an animated artistic space.
Over the course of eight weeks each group designed and painted three gigantic murals to represent their groups’ ethos. From scurrying rabbits on a veg patch to a football match on an urban kick-pitch each group created amazingly unique art works which positively gleam in the late summer sun.
So, what kind of funky designs did each group come up with? In no particular order:
L play: a comic strip illustrating a monster on the run from the mischievous kids, look out behind you!
Women’s Group: inspired by the paintings of Beryl Cook, a beautiful painting of their group enjoying a arts session on the estate, also featuring Percy the Cat!
Boy’s Group: an amazing mix media mural featuring football photos, speeding cars and towering skyscrapers
Girl’s Group: stimulated by Andy Warhol a photo-montage of their beautiful faces block printed and painted so brightly they make Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe look comparably dowdy!
Gardening Group: an animated illustration of their allotment including squirrels, foxes and even chickens! So meticulously painted it could have come straight out of a children’s picture book!
Young Wardens: all the kids of the world celebrate! The young warden’s design commemorates the vitality different cultures bring to Lower Falinge Estate.
Thursday 26th August 2010 saw the launch of the murals, now perfectly placed on Cartmel, Lower Falinge. The launch was attended by each group along with their friends and family. There were many ‘oohs’ even more ‘wows’ and lots of looks of amazement as the artists showed off their talented display of work.
The afternoon was brought to life with the Dancing Group’s performance along with face painting, henna painting, a bouncy castle and scrummy cakes. A fantastic finale to a fabulous project on Falinge.
If you’re passing through Rochdale so make sure you check out the group’s work: Cartmel, Lower Falinge, OL12 6RQ