Three new murals being installed in Oxford and along Cowley Road over the coming weeks are spreading kindness and compassion, the stay safe message, and reflecting the area and Oxford’s diverse communities.

But time is running out because artist Bryony Benge-Abbot’s mural in Manzil Way Gardens is currently being painted with statements of gratitude from local people for the acts of kindness shown throughout lockdown included.

Artist Bryony Benge-Abbot

All the quotes and statements however need to be submitted by Sunday at noon to be included in her street art, so time is of the essence!

“Street art is such a great way to publicly express gratitude towards key workers and to celebrate the greater sense of solidarity that emerged during lockdown”

Bryony said: “I am very much looking forward to receiving messages from local residents, which I will incorporate into my ‘organic root design’ of the city.

”This is exactly the kind of project I love – purposeful, meaningful public engagement with science, injecting beauty into urban spaces, conveying important messages of compassion and interconnectedness.

“Street art is such a great way to publicly express gratitude towards key workers and to celebrate the greater sense of solidarity that emerged during lockdown, in spite of all of the hardships and challenges we’ve been facing. 

Artist Luke Embden from Chipping Norton’s mural on the boarding covering 1 – 3 George Street

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Bryony’s mural is one of three commissioned around Oxford by Fusion Arts and partner Oxford City Council.

Artist Luke Embden from Chipping Norton has already finished his mural on the boarding covering 1 – 3 George Street, one of Oxford’s busiest streets, whose bold, geometric, pop-art inspired mural reflects the city, its community and the stay safe message. 

Councillor Mary Clarkson, said: “This will add colour and vibrancy to some of our busiest streets, and an important public safety message as we head into winter, while providing work to some of the city’s fantastic artists. I can’t wait to see the finished artwork.”

The hope is that this mural brings a vibrancy and wow-factor to the disused units and creates joy for locals and visitors to the city. 

The final mural is a collaboration of three Oxford based artists Lisa Curtis, Eleanor (Nor) Greenhalgh and Sam Skinner, who are working on the final mural on boarding covering the front of The Bullingdon on Cowley Road.

Artist Luke Embden’s mural on George Street

The artists commented: We wanted to emphasise the importance of care and looking out for each other, as our best chance of fighting Covid. The community itself must be our protection. We all ultimately rely on one another.

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