Sunday August 11th saw the first Desborough Carnival- Thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a colourful, creative day! Wycombe Arts Centre hosted a broad variety of music, a vegan market, Craft Mask Making workshop and colouring contest. Altogether the event was fantastic community venture and we look forward to the 2nd Desborough Carnival Next Year!
One of the standout features of the event was the creation of our ‘Street Art Gallery’ Working with HWBIDCo, our art department invited talented artists to colour in the eyesore and have created a new feature for High Wycombe, the Street Gallery. And what a difference it has made!
The Wycombe Arts Centre Street Gallery has been inspired by the global street art movement; it celebrates skill, passion and colour and lifts the spirit! This area (around Desborough Road) is so vibrant and full of great people and we felt our physical environment should reflect that more.
Painted August 2019 in time for the first ever ‘Desborough Carnival’, this first Street Gallery features huge, exciting murals by a diverse mix of people: local and guest artists, beginners alongside professionals, with multi-cultural faiths and both sexes enthusiastically working together to improve the neighbourhood.
This first phase of ‘colouring-in town’ includes the following art;
‘Magpies’ by L127
‘Smile, Dream & Create’ by Dacarter & Smiler
‘Tribal colours’ by Stanislav Genov
‘Our culture (Red Lion)’ by Si & Oli
‘La Koko robot’ by Rupert Kalkalata & Decreate
‘Central Aid magpies’ by L127 & Decreate
Lead artist and organiser Decreate (Dan Wilson) said “The reaction to all the artwork while we were painting was magic – from bus drivers tooting & waving and taxi drivers coming to tell us how it’s brightening up their day, to students and shoppers. One resident who lives opposite even came to thank us for improving the view from their flat!
This area has got a bad press since i was little and it’s very frustrating. Hopefully this goes a little way towards improving the feel and rep of the ‘borough.”