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Sheffield clean-up campaign has art at its heart

Peter Barber who has created the mural near Hillsborough College. A mural created by Peter Barber near Hillsborough College.

Peter Barber who has created the mural near Hillsborough College. A mural created by Peter Barber near Hillsborough College.

A mammoth-sized mural has been created by students and a top artist to brighten up a street next to a Sheffield college.

The 200m-long work – part of a wider programme to clean up the area – has been spray-painted onto a wall on Livesey Street, close to Hillsborough College.

The mural includes a variety of themes capturing the history of the area, with students receiving help from 33-year-old fine artist Peter Barber.

The mural explores the Great Sheffield Flood, events at Owlerton Stadium, themes from local industry and aspirations for the future.

The work also references the new £8.8 million extension to the college, due to be completed by September 2015.

Art and design students researched the history of the area and then helped to design and paint the mural as part of a coursework project on different art genres.

The idea for the project came from their tutor Kathi Chamberlain.

Students Phoebe Parkin and Ellie Travis, both aged 17, are completing courses in fine art and photography, and helped with the design and painting process.

Phoebe said: “It’s been interesting working to such a large scale, and getting involved in the brief to ensure the design meets the needs of different clients.”

Ellie said: “The mural has given the whole street a real boost.

“It looks so much better and brighter than before.”

 

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