I was very surprised recently when I went into my local town that there were some fantastic murals around. Basildon Town teamed up with some world famous street artists to create some large scale murals across the town of Basildon. There are other towns along the Thames Estuary across South Essex and North Kent to transform these towns with themes aligned with Climate and Community.
This mural was created with the residents of a local day centre for Dementia patients. It depicts the residents engaging in the activities they love the most, fishing, playing guitar and socialising with each other.
This is just one of a few paintings on the building of the old Marks and Spencers.
This mural was created in a series of workshops with the LGBTQIA community. It plays off a dinner table scene, reimagining the “nuclear-family-around-a-dinner table” scene. Source: Erin Holly
In partnership with the Billericay Round Table and FC Laindon Republic, a social club for young men between 18 and 45. The mural explores an alternative approach to masculinity.
Apparently there are a few more murals around, so I will look forward to finding these on my trips to the town centre.