New Urban Era (NUE) is a collective of forward thinking artists and enthusiasts all with the same passion for original music and arts, bringing together a multifarious feast of urban arts including graffiti, street dance, skate and all forms of dance music culture.
The project, organised by Neil Mushrow from Community Development at Tamworth Borough Council took place in Stoneydelph Tamworth from the 17th – 21st September. It brought together local volunteers and staff from Premier Inn to paint parts of Crossfell and Ellerbeck on the Stoneydelph estate using 300L of paint donated by Dulux as part of their ‘let’s colour’ campaign and was overseen by charity group Groundworks West Midlands. Wanting to bring more to the project Neil first contacted New Urban Era to bring an artistic flair to the finished works. Working closely together a mural was designed to represent the bringing together of the community.
This involved 212 local school children making butterfly shaped hand prints around the mural. A centre piece was painted of Catlin Riley and Ian James Morgan Murphy from Stoneydelph and three peaks schools holding hands whilst making the butterfly hand shape together. The mural was
painted by artist Title. ”Seeing the enthusiasm of the children whilst taking part in the mural made this project much more special” Title said. New urban era also brought artist Steve Edwards along to the project to add a modern edge.
Steve painted two tigers to represent the strength of the community using camou style of art which is rarely seen. Wanting to add some fun to the project NUE drafted in artist Binty who painted her very colourful chicken characters which will be bringing a smile to young and old people alike.
New urban era spokesman Vic Brown added “The art work may be the focal point of the project but does not overshadow the hard work all the volunteers put into the project keeping to a very tight schedule so all surfaces were painted on time. Neil worked very hard to bring his vision to reality and
brought the local community together with great success.”