CROWN PAINTS WITH COLOUR FOR COMMUNITIES
Crown Paints has continued to invest in its local communities through a number of donations with the aim of adding colour to people’s lives, in more ways than one.
The Lancashire-based paint giant regularly makes contributions to community causes through its nationwide network of more than 130 Crown Decorating Centres, from its manufacturing facility in Hull. It also donates paint to charities and communities via Nimtech, a social enterprise based at its Darwen HQ which aims to reduce waste and promotes recycling.
Recently, Crown provided upwards of 20 cans of Crown Paints products to Colour Your City, an organisation which uses colour to transform urban space and improve wellbeing. The donation was used to help create a striking redesign of Room 2 at The Cause in Tottenham, a nightclub and cultural events space. By combining black paint from Crown with UV paint, a new and radically-altered experience was created. The CAD and gaming inspired redesign was led by artist Antonis Papamichael, as part of a new initiative from Colour Your City called ART WORXX, which aims to maximise the creative potential of spaces, provide opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration and support artist development.
Colour Your City’s founder Cath Carver commented: “As an organisation we pride ourselves on using colour to improve spaces, and this project has shown the power of imagination in transforming venues.
“We’ve received great feedback on The Cause’s new-look Room 2, and it’s become a much more interesting and joyful place for people to visit. We’d like to thank Crown Paints for helping to make our vision come to life, and we hope to work with the team for future projects.”
Also adding some colour to Hull, Crown donated around 50 litres of Sandtex paint in various colours to artist Andy Pea, part of the Kingston Art Group, for his work on the Hull City Council initiative to brighten up the Chanterlands Avenue railway bridge. Once selected as the artist, Andy worked with Thoresby Primary School to design the mural – eventually deciding on turning the bridge into an open air gallery consisting of different themes and painting styles, with each wall being treated as an individual canvas to create discussion amongst the public.
Commenting on Crown’s donation to the mural, Andy said: “Crown is always my first port of call for community murals, as Sandtex works so well as exterior base coat with its excellent opacity, great long lasting coverage and ease of application.
“It’s has received great feedback, and based on this piece I’ve been invited to paint at a mural festival in Mexico – to me, the home of mural painting – later this year, so I’m incredibly grateful to Crown for its support.”
Crown also helped to add some colour to the lives of prisoners through supplying HMP Preston with 130 cans of various types of paint, including Crown Trade Acrylic Eggshell and Crown Trade Matt Vinyl Emulsion, which were used as part of the establishment’s rehabilitation programme. The programme is run by the prison’s Education Department, with the aim of helping prisoners to gain skills in painting and decorating to help prevent reoffending upon release.
Mick Jones, waste management supervisor at HMP Preston, said: “Working in waste management for the prison, I was interested in finding out ways to reduce this and recycle more, and contacted Crown after learning about its efforts to reduce waste, thanks to its work with Nimtech.”
David Bowker, managing director at NIMTECH, commented: “NIMTECH provides Crown Paints with a way of using otherwise redundant paint for great causes, which often benefit communities as shown in these recent examples: helping a space live up to its full potential, brightening up railway bridge or helping to prevent reoffending amongst prisoners.
“It’s great to see this paint being used to benefit those who need it, while also reducing Crown’s environmental impact and improving its sustainability credentials.”
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