Artistic welcome to park

The new sculpture gate at the Granby Road play area
The new sculpture gate at the Granby Road play area
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HERE is a sign of community pride in Buxton.

This stunning celebratory archway is the latest addition to the scenery at Granby Road Park in Fairfield – and a welcoming feature greeting visitors to this popular community space.

High Peak Community Arts, Granby Road Park project, the art group working on the archway which is to be cast in aluminium.

High Peak Community Arts, Granby Road Park project, the art group working on the archway which is to be cast in aluminium.

The team behind the wonderful artwork is High Peak Community Arts’ Project eARTh who, working with the Residents of Fairfield Association’s (ROFA) youth group Dreamscheme, have also created new seating outside the Victoria Park Road shops.

Funded by the Reaching Communities programme of the BIG Lottery Fund, Project eARTh holds weekly creative arts sessions in Fairfield and New Mills, led by experienced artists and supported by mental health workers and volunteers.

Alison Bowry, Arts Development Worker for High Peak Community Arts, said: “The idea of Project eARTh is that the participants can get together and meet other people, make friends and be creative, while also working collectively and with other members of the community.”

Following consultation with ROFA and Dreamscheme, and assisted by local ceramicist Caroline Chouler-Tissier, work on the community archway got underway in November, with members of Project eARTh producing a full-size plasticine model which was then cast in aluminium by Dove Holes-based Leander Architectural Ltd.

“The design kind of grew organically as we worked on it,” explained Alison.

“It incorporates many different themes, but in particular nature, the natural environment and enjoying the outdoors.”

The finished archway, and the seating, were officially unveiled during a ceremony attended by High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, High Peak Borough Council Leader Caitlin Bisknell and around 60 adults and young children.

Alison added: “We are all so delighted with the finished result. I never cease to be amazed by the artistic talent in everybody that is just waiting to be discovered.

“I think this project has given all these individuals a sense of pride, self-worth and achievement, 
because they can look up at the archway and say ‘I helped make that’.”