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Long Road student inspires community with local art project

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Maggie Powell, Level 4 Foundation Art and Design student, hasn’t let lockdown stop her from getting creative and inspiring others in her local community to use their free time to explore their artistic talents!

Before moving to remote learning, Maggie was working on her Final Major Project, planning to create a window display for some office space in central Cambridge. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 lockdown put a stop to all of Maggie’s hard work – however she didn’t let this dishearten her! Rather than waiting to pick her project up again after lockdown, Maggie set about adapting her Final Major Project.

We spoke to Maggie to find out more about how she turned her idea into an artistic project for her local community to be involved with and enjoy!

“The tile project, like my FMP, was inspired by my trip to Lisbon in January where I discovered the work of Joana de Abreu. A Portuguese artist who replaces the missing tiles of the city with her own colourful versions. So I recruited and updated my local community via Facebook and Instagram to make some tiles of their own. The idea was to give my community something to occupy themselves with for the first month of lockdown. Then create a display of the artwork for them to continue to enjoy. They could create their tiles from and media and just had to post or email them to me in order to comply with social distancing rules. We had digital drawings, photographs, textiles, illustrations and many more beautiful pieces of artwork. Artists Kieth Seagrave and Michael Lumsden got involved as well as the children and staff of Manea Community Primary and Preschool.

The owner of our local pub, The Rose and Crown kindly agreed to let me display the tiles outside. It is in the centre of the village and the walls are on show to everyone. I hope they will survive until the end of lockdown so more people can see them but at the moment they are staying up for as long as the weather permits them to. After that, they will continue to be displayed on my website maggiepowellart.co.uk/my-tile.

It is so lovely to see such brilliant work from our students, not only showcasing their amazing talents but bringing together communities in difficult times!

You can keep up-to-date with all of Maggies wonderful artwork over on her website!