April 2022

InSwindon BID commissioned local artist, Tim Carroll, to paint a mural the Regent Circus complex

New Mural at Regent Circus
Local Business Improvement District (BID) company, inSwindon BID Co, commissioned talented local artist Tim Carroll, introduced to them by Artsite, to create an exciting mural display at Regent Circus. The mural will help enrich the Regent Circus complex in the Town Centre.

Using funds from the Government’s Welcome Back Fund, the mural has re-imagined a recently discovered lost piece of art by acclaimed artist Harold Dearden.*

The theme of the mural is Salubritas et Industria – Swindon’s motto. I like to translate this as Health and Industriousness – as in hard work/being busy, or health in hard work – being as how Swindon had only ONE industry at the time. That of the GWR.

New Mural at Regent Circus - artist Tim Carroll standing with his mural
New Mural at Regent Circus – artist Tim Carroll standing with his mural

Artist Tim Carroll said, ‘I’ve very much enjoyed the whole project and am pleased with the result. Everyone has been marvellous to work with and a great help. I’ve appreciated the opportunity to work on such a large scale.’

Also see this blog by Linda Kasmaty about the mural and how Tim planned it etc – and some other great photos.

See more about Tim Carroll on the blog here: https://swindonian.me/category/artscultureheritage/tim-carroll/

Commenting on the mural, inSwindon BID Co Director, Anita Bellinger said: ‘Congratulations to Tim on creating such a stunning piece of artwork. It’s been our pleasure to manage this new initiative as one of the many projects inSwindon BID have lined up to encourage visitors back to the town centre.

The mural is special and unique to Swindon. We’re now excited to share this fabulous piece with all our visitors. Wonderful art, accessible to all.’

About Harold Dearden

From the Art UK website – go here: https://artuk.org/discover/artists/dearden-harold-18881962:

A painter in oil and watercolour and a draughtsman in in and wash, Dearden studied at Rochdale School of Art. He learned his artistic trade first under the tutelage of H Barrett Carpenter, 1905-1910. He continued his studies, for a further five years, a the Royal College of Art, under Gerald Moira.

Dearden went on to become head of Swindon Art School for thirty years, from 1920 onwards. He exhibited in London and provincial galleries and Swindon Museum and Art Gallery holds his work. Or rather it did until SBC decided not reopen it after Covid. See: https://swindonian.me/category/museum-and-art-gallery/ – for more on all that!

Harold Dearden’s Salubritas et Industria

For why these images are as they are … from Linda’s blog: ‘These two paintings of the Swindon motto hung in the council chamber of the Civic Offices for many years, were later reputedly found rolled up in a skip, and then donated to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.’

Other murals around the town

In recent years and months there’s been a spate of new murals appearing about the town and that’s absolutely fab. See also – in not particular order:

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