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UK’s Number One Ranked Illustrator Runs Community Spray-Can Workshops at The Abbey

During February Half Term, Si Mitchell, a professional graffiti artist from Fakenham, ran two spray-can workshops for the local community at The Abbey Stadium as part of ‘The Library Presents…Arts Alive’ programme.

These events, Funded by Arts Council England, managed by Cambridgeshire County Council and created in partnership with Babylon ARTS, bring performances and workshops into the heart of villages and towns across the county. The programme is supported by volunteers from the local areas of 10 participating libraries. Joanne Gray, Partnerships, Projects and Funding Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council said: “the libraries and their communities have put together a fantastic programme of high quality arts activities that really is for everyone.”

During his career, Si has illustrated promotional material for bands such as Green Day and McFly and last year won the UK Illustration Championships, beating over 700 of his peers to top spot. It was therefore an amazing opportunity for local young budding artists.

In the morning, participants were helped by Si, and fellow street artist Peachzz, to create their own designs. These initial designs ranged from images inspired by Star Wars to SpongeBob SquarePants! Then everyone moved outside to the Habbin Stand and Si gave the young artists a tutorial on how to use spray cans sensibly, safely and effectively, and encouraged them to transfer their designs onto the boards that were provided. The results were fantastic.

One participant said: The event was awesome! It was very accessible for low income families.”

Simon Wall, from the Cambridge United Community Trust, said: “To see The Abbey Stadium being used as a creative space was incredible and is another example of how Cambridge United are broadening the ways in which we are connecting with the local community.”

Following the success of these sessions, there are already discussions taking place about putting on further workshops and Si has also promised to create an original piece of work for the club and put it somewhere in the stadium, so keep your eyes peeled!

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