Swindon used to be a town full of murals. Many, though not all, were the work of Ken White. Only one of his now remains and that’s the Golden Lion mural which you can see in the image below. Now though there are some new murals in Swindon.
From the Swindon Advertiser: https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/10680151.remembering-the-days-of-our-glorious-murals/
See also: https://swindonian.me/my-publications/a-ken-white-retrospective/ and https://swindonian.me/category/artscultureheritage/ken-white/
NB: Image below of the Golden Lion mural by Roger Ogle for Link Magazine when Ken had refreshed and reworked the mural a few years back now
A couple of decades back, Thamesdown arts produced an art trail leaflet. I can’t reproduce that here for copyright reasons. But Duncan and Mandy’s splendid website has a list of what was in that leaflet here.
1. The ‘Swindon: Then, When and Now’ Mural
Now though, thanks to a lot of hard work by the lovely people at Artsite (cutting a long story short) and the artist Billy Beaumont, and we have this super, glorious mural.
On the side of the Artsite building in Theatre Square is the glorious, IMHO, ‘Swindon: Then, When and Now‘ mural.
See also: https://swindonian.me/category/artscultureheritage/artist-and-the-post-modern/
Here’s a short video of Ken White cutting the ribbon to officially ‘unveil’ the mural: https://youtu.be/1zLcUXQwhdU
Mural No 2: ‘My Town – My World‘
The other mural to brighten up Swindon’s walls is the one entitled ‘My Town – My World’
As this article in the Swindon Advertiser explained, Swindon-born street artist Martin Travers, who runs educational programmes in Amsterdam and Kathmandu worked alongside Peter Crowdy to create this mural.
‘The inSwindon BID team, in partnership with Artsite and Swindon Climate Action Network, launched the project to help re-energise the town centre and boost community arts.’
On his Facebook page, Martin says: ‘Locality is about things that take place within an area – theatre, arts, creativity – that’s what makes a place.’ He’s not wrong.
The quotation used on the mural is from our very own Richard Jefferies: ‘If every plant and flower were found in all places, the charm of locality would not exist. Everything varies, and that gives the interest.’