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Maidstone Borough Council is inviting people to share their views on what Maidstone means to them as part of an art project to help brighten up an empty shop in the town centre.

To help create a stunning new temporary artwork in Week Street residents are being invited to a free art workshop on Thursday 14 October from 10am to 2pm at Maidstone Museum.

Local artist Richard Jeferies will be working with the suggestions and helping to create a huge piece of art which will be printed onto vinyl’s to go across windows in Week Street that haven’t yet been occupied.

Cllr Martin Round, Chair of the Economic, Regeneration Committee at MBC said:

“Our High Streets are going through a very difficult time and we hope by brightening some of the empty shops it might help to bring back some hope and cheer to them and most importantly keep them alive and encourage new businesses to use the space.

“By trying to capture the views of people who live in the borough we hope to create a sense of dynamic life, demonstrating through visual images what this means. It is sad to see empty shops so anything which could help new businesses see the potential has to be a great idea.”

The funding for this work has been allocated to councils across England from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support the safe return to high streets and help build back better from the pandemic.


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