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Huge wall mural coming to Driffield – what should the artist include?

Driffield Town Council is planning to create a large piece of public wall art in the town centre and wants the public’s ideas on what images and themes should be included.

The giant mural will appear on the side wall of 41 Middle Street North, which was previously The Bike Cave, and it is hoped it will be become something of a visitor attraction

Artist, Lewis Hobson, who has most previously worked on The Headland Mural Trail in Hartlepool, has been commissioned to design and create the image on the large wall that faces the town centre from Middle Street North.

The town council has worked closely with the owner of the building and the neighbouring Methodist church and hope that ‘The Big Picture’ will attract visitors to the town and increase the footfall in this area of the town centre.

‘The Big Picture’ plans to be a celebration of the heritage of Driffield and the surrounding area as well as a nod to the important features of today.

Artist Lewis Hobson of Durham Spray Paints has been commissioned to design and create a new piece of artwork to appear on Middle Street North, Driffield.

To provide inspiration for the design, Lewis requires stories and visions of the local area, past and present.
Mayor of Driffield, Cllr Gillian Helliwell said: “We are very excited about this project, the idea was initially suggested by Cllr Simon Starrett, who grew up in Belfast, famous for its wall art, who thought perhaps we could have something similar in Driffield.”

Town clerk Matthew Brown added: “Our external funding officer Fiona Turner has worked closely with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council local growth co-ordinator Nicola Knaggs to push this project forward and we look forward to hearing everyone’s ideas.”

The consultation will be conducted through the Commonplace engagement platform, online, in person and on paper.

Paper forms will be available to collect from the Driffield Town Council offices, Market Walk, Driffield.
The survey will close at midday on Friday 16th June with further results and progress updates being shared later this summer.

The project, delivered in partnership with the ERYC Local Growth Team, is being funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025.

The fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

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