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Droitwich Arts Network and students in year 7 at Westacre Middle School, teamed up in design and production of the Mural 2016. A group of young students and their teacher Jo Riddleston engaged very hard and created a design named ‘Dream Catcher’. The illustration of Edward Winslow’s, a famous Droitwich son, was the journey to America onboard the ‘Mayflower’ in 1620, and his relationship with Massasoit, chief of the Native American tribe.
By the end of February all preliminary design preparations were completed. At the DAN meeting on 2nd March, students and their teacher presented the final design and gave us an insight of how their ideas developed. The design starts with the Droitwich coat of arms and St Peter’s church. There is also a portrait of Edward Winslow and the ‘Mayflower’ ship. After that, we move in the New World with the portrait of Massasoit with the distinguished feathered headdress. The images of a totem pole and a dream catcher, both symbols of Native American culture, are on the far end of the mural design.
The next stage was preparing mural panels and transferring the design to the actual size – 14ft by 40ft. Painting the mural is traditionally a public event. It was organised this year in The Meetbox and outside on St. Andrew’s Square, right next to the Edward Winslow’s sculpture. 21 panels were painted in the record time, thanks to joint forces of DAN members, students from Westacre Middle School and Droitwich Spa residents. The atmosphere was great and we owe a special thanks to ‘The Fidgets’, a guitar duo, who played a fantastic music throughout the day.
The installation of the mural is always a challenging adventure. This year the weather was fine and an experienced team finished the job in only 2 hours and 20 minutes. It won’t be possible to do it without the kind permission of The Malvern Tyres to use their backyard and Alan Davey and his canal boat.
The official inauguration of the mural took place on 30th April, on a first day of St. Richard’s Boat and Car Festival. Cllr Graham Beale, the Mayor of Droitwich Spa, unveil the information board that holds story behind this year’s mural. Students of the Westacre Middle School and their teacher, Droitwich Arts Network representatives and visitors of the festival attended the inauguration. Children have done a great job in last few months since the beginning of the project and made an additional effort to create huge totem poles that have been a part of the inauguration.
The mural will be on display in Netherwich Canal until the end of September 2016.
Photo contributions by Julie Hunt, Prabhjot Virdi-Smith, Rhys Jones,Tamara Jelaca and Kevin Harmon.
At the Droitwich Arts Network meeting of 9th February, students from Witton Middle school, supported by their teacher Louise Jones, unveiled the design for the Droitwich 2015 Mural.
The design is the first activity that announces the 800th anniversary of the Droitwich Charter. The children did a fantastic job, describing the context of the charter and what it meant for the town. They then explained what each panel in the mural represents. They were enthusiastic and conveyed their ideas clearly and confidently. They plan to work with DAN members to complete the mural.
The mural would not be possible without the support of sponsors, including local estate agent Matt Nicol and Malvern Tyres.
The next stage was to transfer the design on the actual size panels, which was done in record time by few DAN members. The final painting of the design was a community matter. On the 28th March the marquee was set up in the St Andrew’s Square and the public was invited to take a part in painting. Despite some serious downpours and wind gusts, Droitwich residents of all ages carried out the painting of 21 panels.
The finished piece was put up at Netherwich Canal Basin, behind Malvern Tyres, and will be visible from Vines Park until October. The mural was unveiled on on 2nd May, during St Richards car and boat festival, by Councillor Bob Brookes, Mayor of Droitwich Spa. Cash raised on the day is going to St Richard’s Hospice.
And the final result is…