Unique artwork transforms Plymouth community
Hundreds of people have celebrated the transformation of Ernesettle, seeing their own artwork turned into a permanent feature of their area thanks to a collaboration between ourselves and local charity Barefoot.
The area around Hornchurch Road has been transformed by the Ernemetal Project, which has been taking place alongside improvements being carried out to buildings and the shopping area.
Our Communities Team has been working closely with local artists, groups, schools and residents to tap into what makes the area such a special place to live. Customised metal railings were then created by our Manufacturing Services, based on the artwork created by local community in special workshops.
Clive Turner, PCH chief executive, attended the opening and said: “This location was an early priority for us as it has previously been forgotten. We care about Ernesettle and want to help get the pride back in the area. It’s brilliant to work with the local community and we want to continue this collaboration. This project reflects that we are more than about providing quality housing services, we have a role as a community leader.”
“If people create art for their community, they feel part of it and respect it. It makes a total difference and you can tell that people from the area know that”Richard Marsh, of Marjon-based charity Barefoot
The day started with performances from local children, including live percussion, poetry and ribbon dancing from Ernesettle Community School. They entertained residents and paraded past the newly-installed railings with banners, flags and insect costumes in an opening procession. Amy lives in Ernesettle and created some of the artwork. She explained: “My design shows people holding hands because everyone knows everyone and it’s like a massive family. I did it at the local church with my mum and sister. I can now say, ‘I did that’, when I show my grandma and grandpa. All of the designs show what the community is about. It’s been a massive, glamorous makeover.”
Richard Marsh, of Marjon-based charity Barefoot, worked with artist Noah Taylor and local people to produce designs around the themes of heritage, history and environment. Richard said: “The aim was to engage with as many people as possible to create art. The project has seen a real cross-section of residents, from the very young to secondary school, parents and grandparents. If people create art for their community, they feel part of it and respect it. It makes a total difference and you can tell that people from the area know that.”
The railings were produced by our Manufacturing Unit, using their specialist craft, machinery and production skills to form bespoke metal railings in two formats: printed metal panels based on stencil printing, and panels with intricate designs cut into them allowing light through to reveal the image. The project was supported by our Money Tree Fund, which allows PCH residents to apply for funding to improve shared communal areas.