Beeston in Bloom’s three artistic projects

Beeston in Bloom has three new projects planned for 2021, but need some help to make them happen.

Firstly, we are delighted to have been successful in the award of a bench from Leeds Civic Trust as part of their ‘Take a seat’ campaign. The trust provide the bench and funds for it to be decorated with a design to depict the events of the epidemic in 2020. We plan to install it near Sunnyview House, but need help with the art work. The money would be used to pay for the materials and the artist.

Secondly, you can’t help but notice the rash of utility boxes that are popping all over Beeston. I’m sure you’ll agree with us that they aren’t very attractive. So Beeston in Bloom would like to change that, but again need the help of some clever, creative, arty person. We have limited funds, preferring to spend our hard earned cash on our planting schemes. The aim would be to make the boxes bright, colourful and reflect the heritage of the local area.

If you think you can help with either of these projects you can contact me, Linda Stanley, at beestoninbloom@gmail.com or via our Facebook page.

We look forward to hearing from all you budding artists. Thanks.

And thirdly, following the success of the knitted poppy campaign, which resulted in a stunning display in Holbeck Cemetery, the crafters have now started another project!

A group are recycling soft drink bottles and aim to fill the turning circle at the number 1 bus terminus with poppies in time for the next Remembrance Day in November. If you look at the bottom of a coke bottle (other brands are available!) you’ll see it resembles the shape of a flower, and with a few snips, 2 coats of red and black paint, hey presto you have a poppy.

The activity is very therapeutic, an excellent use of recycling plastic bottles and as we aim to produce 1,000 poppies before November, it will keep us busy during the current lockdown.

If you like to get involved you can contact head poppy painter AKA Angela Gabriel on angela.gabriel@leeds.gov.uk or 07946 632 468

 

This post was written by Linda Stanley

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