Let’s turn our streets into outdoor galleries

Communities are being encouraged to join in and create the biggest outdoor street art gallery ever.

Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough Councils have joined forces to deliver positive cultural activity to local communities throughout the covid lockdown.

One of the first projects the partnership is launching is a huge community art project building on the nationwide popularity of the window rainbows.

Every two weeks people across the south of the Tees region will be given a new theme and encouraged to decorate their windows using materials already in the home and a little imagination.

The first will be on Friday, May 8 to coincide with VE Day with the aim of creating stay at home street parties to mark the 75th anniversary.

In the run up some of the area’s best artists will be posting tips, ideas and lessons to inspire the public’s artworks.

Deputy Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Cllr Karen King said: “I would encourage as many of our residents across the South Tees, both young and old, to get involved and create the biggest outdoor street art, building on the huge popularity of the windows rainbows.

“The 75th anniversary of VE Day takes place next Friday, May 8, and whilst we can’t come together to mark the occasion, we can create our own unique window displays and decorations to show our respects.”

Cllr Mieka Smiles, Middlesbrough Council’s executive member for Culture and Communities, said: “All of us are looking for things to do to keep our heads and hands busy and it would be great to make this creative project a thing everyone can get involved in and enjoy the challenge.

“The rainbows in people’s windows have really given people a lift and a sign of hope and positivity and by using a little imagination and whatever we can find, we can really turn our area into one giant art gallery.”

To be in for a chance to win a prize for the best dressed VE Day house remember to share your pictures with Love Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council Facebook pages where you will also find some of the area’s best artists who will be sharing hints, tips and creative techniques to give you inspiration! When sharing the pictures online please use the hashtags #enjoyRC or #lovemiddlesbrough.