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11 September 2018

Art Work fit for the Queen, thanks to Tidworth Area Board Grant

The sun shone, the paint flowed and all our pupils enjoyed leaving their mark in such a creative and inspired fashion

Miss Bilton, Year 10 Art Teacher

The freshly painted Queen's Wall in Tidworth was officially revealed by Tidworth Area Board Chair, Cllr Chris Williams on Friday 7 September, following work by Year 10 art students from Wellington Academy and Salisbury based artist, Fred Fieber.

The Queen's Wall in Tidworth was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1993, as somewhere for young people to play football and basketball, but in recent years had started to look tired.

Wiltshire Cllr and Mayor of Tidworth, Mark Connolly, had heard about a street art project in Germany, and following discussions with Wellington Academy and the MOD, who own the Queen's Wall, Tidworth Area Board agreed to provide £2800 to kick start a street art project in area.

Cllr Mark Connolly said "I am really pleased with the project which has transformed an ugly wall into a real feature. It has been warmly welcomed by the town and I am now working on the next project at the community centre with the artist and the academy."

Students from Wellington Academy said it was a "unique experience" to work with artist Fred Fieber and make a positive contribution to the community.

Students said: "It was really relaxing to paint with everyone, totally enjoyable. It was really nice to work with a real artist, he gave us some great ideas and guided us during the time we had together. He was really encouraging and positive all the time."

Year 10 Art Teacher Miss Bilton said "The academy students were proud to collaborate with local artist Fred Fieber on their amazing mural on the Queen's Wall in Tidworth. The sun shone, the paint flowed and all our pupils enjoyed leaving their mark in such a creative and inspired fashion. We are so fortunate to have such talented young people in our midst."

The local community has responded positively to  the artwork and more street art projects are coming to the area with both Tidworth Community Centre and the Community Youth Centre, Ludgershall, now working on projects of their own.

Last updated: 11 September 2018 | Last reviewed: 11 September 2018

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