Boarded-up shop a blank canvas for artist

A BARNSTAPLE shop owner who has closed and boarded up his premises in the High Street is now seeking artists to turn the blank canvas into an attractive artwork. Les Garland has owned the shop premises for 20 years, but will now be putting it up for sale.

A BARNSTAPLE shop owner who has closed and boarded up his premises in the High Street is now seeking artists to turn the blank canvas into an attractive artwork.Les Garland has owned the shop premises for 20 years, but will now be putting it up for sale.Meanwhile, he is hoping to mitigate any adverse effect on the street scene by creating an artwork that will be attractive to shoppers and passers-by.Mr Garland explained that over the years there had been two tenant businesses in the premises. But after they both failed he had decided with his daughter Karen to set up a dry cleaning business there. This had now closed due to lack of support.When the shop was previously unoccupied three years ago, squatters had moved in and even attempted to change the locks, said Mr Garland. Commercial property owners would understand why he now felt the necessity to board up the shop front."However, I fully appreciate the adverse effect this will have on my neighbours. "Consequently I am using top quality plywood in the hope of finding an artist or group who would like the opportunity of creating a landscape mural, perhaps something with creatures that will capture the interest of toddlers while their parents are browsing the shops."Any artists or group who would like the opportunity can contact Mr Garland on (01237) 425363.


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