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DOZENS of residents got creative for a new community art project in Cowley.
Soon familiar faces will start appearing on large boards at Templars Square shopping centre.
Six workshops at the Ark T Centre have allowed people to paint portraits or landscapes of the surrounding area that will be displayed at the shopping centre.
The centre has funded the £2,500 project, led by the Ark T Centre’s community artist Sue Frizzell, in a bid to add colour to the centre and bring the community together.
There is no date set for when the paintings will be installed because there are plans to host additional sessions this month, but it is hoped they will go up this autumn.
Anne Bartlett, from Cowley, pictured with her painting of a dragonfly in Rose Hill cemetery, said the sessions were interesting.
She added: “It’s a very good project and it will be exciting to see the paintings going up in the shopping centre.”
She added that she was inspired by cemetery walks to use the dragonfly in her art.
“I go for a walk in the cemetery every morning and one day I saw this amazing creature,” she added.
“The brilliance of its colours stood out even in the subdued light, so I decided to paint it.”
Templars Square centre manager Aaron Bayliss said the workshops had been a success despite the fact that the original target of creating 113 paintings has not yet been met.
He said: “We have room to hang 113 boards but that’s not a fixed target, so we’re going to see if we can put on some more workshops.
“I went along to one of the sessions and it’s exactly what we wanted – to see the community come together.”
Esme Hilton, three, pictured with her painting of a sun, said: “I liked it and it was really fun.”
Her mother Natalie Arif, a child minder from Cowley, said: “It’s a worthwhile project for everyone and it’s especially exciting for children.
“There are all types of different people doing it.”
Extra workshops could be scheduled in the coming weeks.
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