Mural with a difference for Sticklepath Children’s Centre

Joseph Bulmer

A mural with a difference created by young artists for local families to enjoy has been officially unveiled at Sticklepath Children’s Centre in Barnstaple.

Instead of the “traditional” graffiti style mural, the artists – aged from nine to 21 – have spent many hours of their own time creating a series of colourful wooden panels to decorate the outside of the building.

The design was inspired following workshops with the families of children under five who use the centre and the panels themselves are meant to be poked, prodded and played with as much as inquisitive youngsters wish.

The community has worked together on the scheme after the centre won a �500 grant from the Action for Children’s Arts Bank initiative.

The mural was officially unveiled on Thursday by the leader of North Devon Council, Councillor Des Brailey, who was heavily involved in the original bid to get the centre at Sticklepath.

Project co-ordinator Esther Hall said the team of artists had been dedicated to creating the mural, giving up their own time to make it happen: “It was wonderful to have such a diverse group of people having an opportunity to put their ideas to it and I really hope they have gained something from this experience.”