A Postcard for Stanmore - Community arts project to bring Stanmore’s history onto the hoardings

Press Release: 09/07/2014

Stanmore resident and member of Stanmore Community Association

Community artist Laurence Dube-Rushby has won a commission to create a bright new look for the hoardings around the New Queen’s Head development in Stanmore, Winchester.

Appointed after a competitive pitching process, Laurence will work with a wide range of community groups and individuals to research and present Stanmore’s history in a colourful, new way at the site on Stanmore Lane.

The history-inspired artwork will brighten up the site whilst building works take place over the next two years.

Laurence, a French artist based in Salisbury, has extensive experience of developing community projects. Her recent project included a Heritage lottery funded project for young curators to research the history of trades and evidence their influence on the shaping of Salisbury City. She recently managed the Encounters Community Shop in Andover, commissioned by Test Valley Borough Council, and is also currently running a project for English Heritage at Stonehenge with young disabled adults.

She said:

My artistic practice investigates the potential of art as a tool for changing people’s relationship with their environment and shifting their perceptions.

Laurence was very pleased to find a wealth of information already available on the Stanmore Combined website, including the Stanmore Planning Framework produced last year, which led to the decision to develop the New Queen’s Head site for housing. She has designed a series of fun, engaging activities for all members of the Stanmore community to share their memories, images and personal histories and will be seen around the estate throughout the summer.

Laurence added:

In the Stanmore project, I am interested to hear all the little stories that make the place. The project is about individuals connecting with one another through shared memories. No story is too small, no image is too poor quality to be seen and shared!

Add your Postcard For Stanmore and meet Laurence at the Library shop on Tuesdays 10.00am to 6.00pm until August 12 (alternative times and days can be arranged by appointment) where she will be based to welcome stories and images of Stanmore through the ages. All entries will become part of Stanmore archives and will feature on a specially designed website.

Follow on Facebook to keep updated throughout: www.facebook.com/pages/A-Postcard-For-Stanmore/774015812623085 .And view the progress on the website www.apostcardforstanmore.weebly.com

Laurence will also attend sessions from a wide range of existing organisations, groups and schools within the estate.

Call in at the shop or contact her direct on 0750 022 0673 or apostcardforstanmore@gmail.com or volunteer to help to collect the stories and history. Laurence will also have a stall at Party in the Park on 26 July.

Cllr Ian Tait, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing Services, said:

It has been said – even in recent days – that Stanmore lacks the cultural assets enjoyed by other communities in Winchester. I think it’s probably more a case of Stanmore’s culture being hidden from view for much of the time. Well, we now have an opportunity to put Stanmore’s history and heritage on display proudly along 20 large hoardings. I hope everyone will stop and look – and learn something about this part of Winchester that people are very proud to call their neighbourhood.

Laurence will be completing the designs for the hoardings by the end of August this year.