Art mural extended along Oxford Canal

An art project aimed at complementing the corridor of colour along the historic Oxford Canal has recently been extended to help tackle the problem of graffiti along the waterway.

Working with us, residents, the Friends of the Trap Grounds, and local artists Dan Wilson, Tom Webb and Richard Wilson, have designed and painted murals in the arches of Frenchay Road Bridge.

The murals took three days to complete and were designed by the community to depict the wide variety of animals, plants and insects that live along the canal.

The project has been made possible thanks to funding received by us from residents, and leftover money from a previous Tesco’s Bags for Help project which originally donated £8,000 towards phase one of the project.

Emily Nicholas, our development and engagement manager, said: “These murals have made a huge difference to the canal in Oxford and have really brightened an area which has suffered from graffiti.

“As a charity, we work with local people and community groups to help us improve the canals and projects such as this one really do make a difference to the thousands of people who visit and use our towpaths every day.”

Tom Cox, project organiser at the Oxford Canal Mural Project, said: “The murals have had a big impact along the canal, they have brightened up two bridges but also galvanized the communities that live along the canal and wider communities that use the canal corridor. Local people have raised money, volunteered time and contributed in many different ways to make the murals a success. Everyone feels really proud of what has been achieved and really keen to do more to improve the area.”

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