Unique project gives street artists opportunity to showcase their work


Street art outside The Calico Group offices

Street artBudding street artists and urban musicians are being invited to take part in a unique town centre art project this August, which promises to give them maximum exposure on Centenary Way.

Burnley based construction and maintenance company Ring Stones has hooked up with community arts provider Calico Creative to offer young people a safe space to exercise their artistic talent through graffiti, music and spoken word.

Once complete, the art will be on display on Centenary Way, decorating the hoarding of Ring Stones’ office redevelopment at Centenary Court, head office of The Calico Group.

Local graffiti artist Bizzy and battler rapper J-Short will lead on a week of workshops and hands on practical sessions to create colourful compositions of art and words.

The street art project has been organised by young people at Calico Creative with workshops and activities taking place at Centenary Court, Burnley from Tuesday 1st September to Friday 4th September, 11am to 3pm.

Mark Cutler, Managing Director of Ring Stones, said:

“Ring Stones is a locally based company which was set up with the specific goal of creating local jobs, and meeting local employment challenges head-on.

“Community-led projects like this one are excellent opportunities to improve people’s lives and support every generation through work and play, and we’re really proud to be involved in it.”

Rizwan Iqbal, Business Manager for Calico Creative, said:

“Young people need space and opportunities to become active in society. Street art is just one way we can connect with young people.

“Thanks to Ring Stones, this project will also give much needed opportunities to Burnley born artists to work and connect with their community in a positive way.”

For more information about the project, contact Rizwan by emailing riqbal@calico.org.uk or calling 01282 686511.