Emporium Way will be getting a face lift this winter thanks to the skills of local artists.
Work on an urban art gallery in the walkway through to the Market Square began on Wednesday, 5 December and will feature graffiti styled art work from NorFAMtoN, an art project set up to turn the footpath into a dedicated space for live art, street food festivals and outdoor exhibitions.
A grant will been awarded from Northampton Borough Council’s Heritage and Culture fund to aid the transformation, which local street artist ‘Uncle Stubble’ began this week and includes images of Greek Gods, Francis Crick and Alan Moore.
A Borough Council led focused clean-up will also take place to clear litter and stubborn dirt from the area, ready for the big unveiling on 25 February.
Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “We’ve been working with project leads, Kate Stanton and Shereen Ingram, to help them get this fantastic project off the ground, which will not only improve a popular walkway into the town centre but will also provide a showcase of our local creative talent.
“We’re looking forward to seeing the artwork progress and the many events the space will hopefully attract to the area from the spring time.”
Shereen Ingram, project lead, said: “NorFAMtoN Collective feels strongly about rejuvenating this area of town. The concrete corners and subways are screaming out for artistic expression. The area will no longer be avoided as it has been and can become a destination point as an urban art gallery and event location celebrating all aspects of our community and rich heritage.”
Kate Stanton, project collaborator, added: “This town is bursting with creativity and potential and this art is a visual demonstration of that. Hopefully people from all communities will want to get involved and celebrate our diversity and talent. We also hope to make the most of the incoming talent from students and encourage young people into enterprise in a way that complements existing businesses.”