Bankside Gallery Artworks

Crown Paints has once again demonstrated its commitment to helping communities become more colourful with a series of paint donations to worthy causes throughout the UK.

The Lancashire-based paint and coatings specialist donates to charities and community projects through its network of over 140 Crown Decorating Centres, from its Hull-based manufacturing facility and via Nimtech, a social enterprise based at Crown Paints’ HQ which aims to reduce waste and promote recycling and reusing.

Headway Bristol, a charity dedicated to helping survivors of brain injury live as independently as possible, approached the Bristol Crown Decorating Centre for help redecorating the reception area at the charity’s Winterbourne premises. Crown donated 30 litres of paint plus sundries to enable the charity to refresh the space.

Clio Khan, fundraising and events co-ordinator at Headway Bristol, said: “As a local charity we are reliant on voluntary income and donations to keep our services going and to make our Wellbeing and Reablement Centre a place of comfort and sanctuary for the brain injury survivors we support.

“The donation from Mike and his team at the Bristol Crown Decorating Centre not only saved us a lot of money, it has helped us transform the reception into a welcoming and pleasant space for the people who rely on our services.”

In Hull, Crown Paints has been instrumental in transforming an industrialised part of the city into a vibrant street art gallery – the Bankside Gallery.

When Banksy’s famous artwork appeared in Hull in 2017 it inspired street art pioneers Kain and Ollie Marshall of Spray Creative and the BBC’s David Harrison to start the initiative. Businesses have donated gable ends to the project, with artists from across the city gathering to transform these spaces into a huge outdoor gallery with over 400 artworks created to date.

Crown Paints’ Hull factory is at the heart of the Bankside area and is supporting the project by donating hundreds of litres of paint. The Bankside Gallery artists use the donated paint to create the blank canvas for the finished artworks, and sometimes the basic background shapes and colours, before using spray paint to create the finished artwork.

Commenting on the donations, David said: “Asking Crown Paints to donate paint to the Bankside Gallery was a no brainer: the factory is at the heart of the Bankside area which we’re helping to transform. Crown Paints was such a big supporter of the Hull 2017 art projects, including the Terrace Enders projects, so we hoped that the company would also support our grassroots, unfunded project – which it was more than happy to.

“The whole Bankside Gallery initiative is run by volunteers, so being given such a large quantity of paint for free allowed us to create bigger and better artworks and make the Gallery into a landmark attraction in the city. By being able to provide paint supplied by Crown it took away barriers to painting for many people, some of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Nimtech, the social enterprise based out of Crown Paints’ Darwen HQ, donated 60 litres of white masonry paint to the Clitheroe Rotary Club to help repaint the town’s Castle Bandstand. The traditional bandstand sits in the grounds of Clitheroe Castle Park and plays host to concerts throughout the summer.

The Rotarian volunteers cleaned and repainted the edging of the amphitheatre-style concrete seating around it to improve health and safety of the public seated in the amphitheatre, especially as dusk descends. The Rotarians also cleaned, repaired, and painted part of the Grandstand itself.

Sandy Morrison, president of the Clitheroe Rotary Club, said: “The Castle Bandstand Amphitheatre is a focal point for the community, so we want to make sure it’s in excellent condition for the whole town and visitors to enjoy."

“When we raised the need for refurbishment at the meeting of the Lancashire Rotary Club presidents, my colleague Ann-Marie Etherington, of the Great Harwood & Rishton Rotary Club, offered to introduce us to Nimtech.

“We are really appreciative of the paint donated by Crown and Nimtech.  As a charitable organisation, having the paint donated meant that we can allocate funds we would have spent on materials to other worthy causes, and the repainted bandstand and seating looks fantastic too.”   

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