A local artist recreated a street version of the historic Minton tile pattern in Newcastle-under-Lyme as part of our community street design work in the West Midlands.
Street artist Rob Fenton of Entrepreneurs used chalk paint and stencils to paint a temporary three by three metre version of the distinctive pottery design on the pavement in the Ironmarket area of the town.
We’re working with the community to try out various creative ways to use the streets in Newcastle as public spaces where everyone feels comfortable.
“ We’re working with the community to try out various creative ways to use the streets in Newcastle as public spaces where everyone feels comfortable. ”
Passers-by helped contribute to the white, red and black Victorian-era tile pattern, which originated in Stoke-on-Trent and was exported all over the world. The event is part of our work to use creative, community-led designs and activities to breathe new life into high streets.
Locals with creative talent helped finish the painting.
Daryl Coulborn, Project Co-ordinator for our Pocket Places for People project in the West Midlands said:
“There was a great buzz in Ironmarket as Rob recreated the beautiful Minton tile pattern on the pavement and it seems like there's a lot of creative talent locally as several people got stuck in and helped us to finish the painting.
“I got the idea from Spanish street artists, who refresh beautiful old designs by painting them in public spaces to create a lively community atmosphere.
“Regular community events help to make a place feel safer, and also have knock-on economic benefits. If you’d like to help develop community activities in the town please come and find us or get in touch via the Sustrans West Midlands office.”
These ideas are based on a concept first developed in New York.
Our community street designs use simple ideas such as pop-up outdoor cafes, plants and temporary art installations to calm roads and help reclaim streets as public spaces.
Newcastle-under-Lyme is one of a series of community street design projects we've developed including ones in Stockport (Manchester), Peckham, Reading, Southend-on-Sea, Derby, Garston (Liverpool) and Walsall.
Pocket Places is funded by the People's Health Trust using money raised by HealthFair through The Health Lottery, and local Government.