A Kelham Island street art project that aims to reduce graffiti has called for sponsors.

The Arts & Heritage Trail project, which oversees the painting of utility cabinets on Ball Street, is being sponsored by businesses in the area.

Kelham Island and Neepsend Community Alliance (KINCA) revealed at a recent community meeting that they have several professional artists who want to develop it into an educational community arts project.

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Posted by Kelham Island and Neepsend Community Alliance on Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The painting of the cabinets was started as a way to cover up graffiti, and will now offer residents the chance to sponsor a cabinet.

KINCA said: “We don’t believe that simply repainting these is the solution as it just provides a fresh canvas for taggers.

“Instead we want to be creative and turn these into pieces of community artwork which we believe will reduce future tagging.”

Some of the artists involved were recently commissioned for the KurbArt mural project on Green Lane.

KINCA added: “We hope that both these projects will help to foster a sense of respect and pride.”

The sponsorship of a cabinet costs £500 and the sponsors receive a certificate of sponsorship and links to their business through apps that will interact with the image.

The artwork will reflect the area’s nature, heritage, industry, and art.

 

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