Painting underway on underpass mural

Goldthorpe underpass
Goldthorpe underpass

Budding artists have been hard at work - painting a 36-metre mural on an underpass in South Yorkshire.

Local residents of Goldhorpe and Thurnscoe, scouts and guides, community groups, local organisations and participants in the National Citizen Scheme and local children’s holiday schemes are all coming together through August to work on an underpass from Goldthorpe into Phoenix park.

They are joined by local artist Peter Deakin, who is overseeing the project, which hopes to create positive activities for young people within the community and help people to develop creative skills and confidence. Peter, the lead artist on the mural, is a specialist in facilitating visual art workshops in education and the community.

He said: “The painting is rather Hockneyesk and very colourful. It is lit from two entrances and makes a great photo spectacle when the sun is shining and people are working within it. We had 40 people at one point - from five to 55 - all working together, which is great to see.”

The painting’s theme is nature and woodland and the project is supported and funded by Goldthorpe and Bolton and Dearne big local and the Land Trust. Painting is going on every day until August 20, between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

The project itself kicked off earlier this year and saw Peter working in the community, helping residents to create their own artworks which will help to create the giant mural. A clean-up of the underpass took place earlier this month in preparation for the painting beginning.

If you would like to get involved, contact April Fisher on 07879 739043.