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30th Nov, 2021

REVEALED - The artists who will be transforming Droitwich's underpasses

THE ARTISTS set to transform some of the underpasses in Droitwich Spa have been chosen.

Seven walkways will become works of art for the community as part of the project with designs based on feedback and input from residents and communities.

Work by Andy ‘Title’ Mills. s

Graffiti art specialist Andrew Mills – otherwise known as ‘Title’ – will work on the underpasses near Crofters Way and Paddock Way.

Andrew was involved in a similar project in Redditch and has produced work for leading brands including Nike and Microsoft.

He is working with young people from Droitwich Action for Future Youth (DAFFY) and The Cabin at Droitwich Spa High school.

The painting of the Ombersley Way and Briar Mill underpasses will be a joint effort between artists Andy ‘Dice’ Davies and Curtis Hylton.

Previous work for Sky Arts Studio by Dice Davies. s

Andy has painted for the Sky Arts Studio, The Holst Museum and Arsenal Football Club and has supported young people from DAFFY to create the existing mural at Westlands Community Centre.

Curtis is a much sought-after artist whose work explores environmental issues. He has painted across the UK and internationally.

‘Kingfisher’ by Curtis Hylton. s

The pair will be work on designs with young people from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Westacre Middle School and Droitwich Spa High School.

7th pencil is a stencil artist who has worked for a number of schools, councils and businesses and will have the job of revamping the underpass by the railway station, with help from sixth-form students.

Worcestershire-based female duo Chroma Chameleons, who recently gave Worcester’s old Co-op building a facelift, will create art work for the Hunters Way underpass with input from Westlands First School pupils.

Previous work by ToddJerm. s

The underpass under the A38 will be in the hands of artist ToddJerm who – having previously created for Virgin and Netflix – will work with several different groups on the Westlands to come up with a design for the area.

More than 100 responses received from residents as part of a feedback survey carried out in the summer will also be used to inspire the artists’ creations.

Coun Chris Day, Wychavon District Council’s Executive Board Member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing, said: “We’re very excited by the artists that have been chosen to develop the final designs for the underpasses.

Work at Crowngate by Chromas Chameleons. s

“They represent a range of styles and I can’t wait to see what they come up with.”

Wychavon is leading and part funding the Droitwich Spa Underpass Art Project, with additional cash from the town council, the Safer Streets Fund from the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and the Government’s Welcome Back Fund, part of the European Regional Development Fund.

A community committee is helping guide the project and ensure the views and needs of local people are fully considered.

Those involved include Droitwich Arts Network, Westlands Residents Group, DAFFY, Droitwich Spa Youth Council, the High School, Platform Housing Group, the Droitwich Standard and West Mercia Police.

Included in this article are examples of works by the chosen artists.

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