Schoolchildren brighten up their surroundings in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 12:18 19 May 2013 | UPDATED: 12:20 19 May 2013

Children painting a mural in a Hatfield subway with local artist Angela Bull

Children painting a mural in a Hatfield subway with local artist Angela Bull

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CHILDREN from a Hatfield school brightened up their surroundings by helping paint a public mural.

Pupils from Year 4 at St Philip Howard School, Hatfield, painted trees for the work.

The mural is in a subway near Queensway House, Hatfield.

Funded by the Arts Council, the mural depicts a sunny day and has been designed by artist and art therapist Angela Bull.

Angela was approached by councillor Lynne Sparks and Robyn Thackara, who works for MP Grant Shapps, who developed the idea as a Big Society project.

Mr Shapps said: “The new mural is the latest in a number of community-led projects that have come about as a result of my big society group, BigSoc.

“I set up BigSoc to help bring local residents and groups together to carry out projects that would help connect the community and make Welwyn Hatfield an even brighter place to live.

“We started small with projects such as the painting of the White Bridge in WGC, but our current BigSoc project, an uplifting mural in Hatfield, is even bigger!

“Thanks to the support of councillor Lynne Sparks and funding from the Arts Council, I really think the mural is a fantastic addition that will help make our community a cleaner and better place to live.

“Local school children will be helping artist, Angela Bull, finish off the mural in the coming weeks as well as other groups of volunteers and I’m sure the final result will be something that we can be all be proud of.”

Angela said she had already expressed an interest in starting an art project in Hatfield.

She said of the community mural, which is in the subway near Queensway House: “I wanted to do something really uplifting, something that is just beautiful.

“I wanted to take the trees [in Hatfield] so they are something people can recognise, but create something a little bit beyond that.

“The idea of the mural is that I wanted to give people who wouldn’t normally be able to take part in an art project the chance to do so.”

Organisers hope the mural will be finished by the end of the month and more volunteers from Onslow School, Herts Young Homeless and City Church will contribute.

However there are still some timeslots available for community groups and individuals to get involved.

For more information email Angela Bull at angelalbull@gmail.com


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