Vibrant street art celebrates town’s creative culture

Last week, a new street art mural was unveiled on the Grosvenor Bridge underpass in Grosvenor and Hilbert Park. The new artwork was conceived by The Amelia team and the Friends of Grosvenor Hilbert Park to enhance the appearance of a pathway used by commuters, residents, and cyclists to create an environment which is both welcoming and safe.

The temporary art installation which shines a light on the town’s cultural venues and events was designed by local professional street artist Humor, also known as Hugh Whitaker. He works full-time as a professional street artist, taking commissions as well as working with young people to teach them about art.

Professional Street Artist Humor told the Times: “The idea for this work developed following a discussion about the abundance of arts and culture in the local area. I felt it was important to highlight the venues that support our creative community and nurture and grow local talent. The nature of my work means that it probably won’t last forever, but for me the conversations it can spark are just as important.”

The vibrant artwork, which has replaced the previous Robert Marnock mural designed in the summer by Humor, captures various elements of the creative arts, including the iconic comedy and tragedy masks, a timeless symbol synonymous with theatre. The design also highlights the local music and theatre scene, paying homage to venues like The Forum and Trinity Theatre as well as the popular jazz nights at The Pantiles.

The Amelia Arts Development Manager, Helena Copsey said: “Humor’s response to our open call clearly met the brief. Over the past year his three designs have highlighted native wildlife, local history, and present-day events, all helping to create a stronger sense of place. Artworks such as this can help to create more welcoming and animated public spaces and it’s a privilege to be able to support local artists with new opportunities to develop their careers.”

This is the final of three designs that have been commissioned by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Culture Team and funded by a local developer through a Section 106 agreement.

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