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Milestone House new artwork from Artcore becomes an instant talking point

Milestone House new artwork from Artcore becomes an instant talking point

Derby’s leading Art Charity, Artcore’s new art installation at Milestone House has become an instant talking point with the team and customers, and the image of the French bulldog is already the clear favourite.

Julia Sharpe, manager at Milestone House, a 43-bed emergency accommodation facility on Green Lane, had a remit to brighten up the plain walls of the newly decorated building. She said: “The newly painted walls looked fresh, but they were so plain. We wanted to add a level of interest to make it brighter for our customers, who are homeless and are accommodated at Milestone House whilst waiting for a more permanent address.  This may be with other providers of supported living or sometimes with the private rented sector.

“The installation is 42 colourful individually designed and decorated canvases, each measuring 20cm by 20cm to create a stunning mural. After just a week of having the first phase of the art installed, we have seen a big difference. The positioning of the pictures is outside the support hub and café which means everyone who uses the space, sees it. In fact, everyone tells us the one they like best – and it’s the French bulldog that’s in the lead at the moment!

“Working with the team at Artcore was brilliant. From the time we first got in touch to the installation itself, we have enjoyed working with them throughout the process. The final artwork has created a response far better than we could have imagined. It is so uplifting for both the team and customers, and it has become an immediate focal point of the space.”

Phoebe Shaw, Artcore’s Community Programme Producer added: “The artwork for Milestone House was created by 30 participants of Artcore’s community art workshops under the expert guidance of lead artists Martin Hyde, Jane Dearden, Kathryn Borg and Caroline Ainsworth. The images act as a symbol of unity and creativity and are dedicated to Milestone House. These creations embody the spirit of collaboration and compassion that defines our community.

“The second stage of the artwork is made up of ceramic wall plaques featuring sculpturalanimals and inspiring messages and will be installed very soon.

“At Artcore, we are passionate about the power of creativity, and we believe in art’s potential to enrich lives.”

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