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Weʼre raising £1,750 to turn an eyesore into a beautiful temporary community artwork celebrating 'The Art of Reading'.

Cambridge, UK
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The Art of Reading: a community project for Milton Road Library, Cambridge

We are thrilled that we have been able to transform an ugly eyesore into a beautiful temporary artwork for everyone to enjoy. With the help of more than 70 individuals, businesses, community organisations and the City Council, we were able to raise the funds necessary to cover the cost of printing this wonderful 50m long celebration of children's delight in reading to cover the hoardings around the site where the new Milton Road Library is under construction.

A group of local volunteers, including artist Jo Tunmer, producer Ruth Sapsed and Milton Road governor Ysanne Austin worked with the Friends of Milton Road Library and the children of Milton Road Primary School (situated next door to the library) on a project called 'The Art of Reading'. Every child in the school participated by thinking and talking about reading, exploring their favourite stories, favourite reading places, and even their favourite reading companions, eventually producing more than 250 wonderful drawings celebrating what reading means to them.

Artist Patsy Rathbone used the drawings to create this extraordinary display, completely covering the hoardings on Milton Road and Ascham Road. The display will remain in place until the building is complete, delighting passers-by, and giving a sense of pride to the children.

We are very grateful to each and every person who contributed to making the project happen, and especially to sponsors Anglia Graphics, Brunswick Nursery School, Cambridge City Council, CPL, Colleges Nursery School, Education Services 2010, Friends of the Milton Road Library, Minuteman Press, Netherhall Archers, Stir Cafe & Bakery, and Thirsty. Thanks too to Marcus, Eddie and Joe from the developer Coulson, who allowed us to use the hoardings and erected the panels on a particularly hot day with good cheer.

But don't stop supporting us! We are now looking at ways we can give the project a permanent life, by using the artwork inside the library itself. Ideas so far include wallpaper and banners, book racks and bean bags, jigsaw puzzles and blinds. Watch this space for more news!

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  • Nicky Webb2 months ago
    Nicky Webb

    Nicky Webb

    2 months ago

    The printer is putting the finishing touches to the panels - we can't wait to see them! We're planning to unveil the display this Thursday and we'd love you to join us for the launch. A group of pupils will be there, along with the head teacher, artist Patsy Rathbone who created the artwork from the children's drawings, and plenty of other invited guests. A special invitation is extended to everyone who made a donation, large or small, to make this happen. Please join us at the corner of Ascham Road and Milton Road at 1pm. See you there!

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  • Nicky Webb2 months ago
    Nicky Webb

    Nicky Webb

    2 months ago

    Huge thanks to the brilliant Anglia Graphics in Swavesey who've agreed to support the project by printing the hoardings at a significantly reduced price. The project will now cost a total of £2,750 and having raised a magnificent £1,250 from 62 donors, £1,000 from the City Council, and £200 from other sponsors (more news on them soon!) we're just £300 short of our target! Here's a glimpse of what's to come - one of the stretches of artwork created from some of the children's drawings by the fantastic Patsy Rathbone!

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  • Nicky Webb2 months ago
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    Nicky Webb

    2 months ago

    Big thanks to young filmmaker Ciaran Tunmer who has made this short film about the day we spent at his former school, Milton Road Primary School, as part of our The Art of Reading project. It really captures the children's enjoyment of the day. Enjoy! And please share...

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  • Philip Hardie & Susan Griffith

    Philip Hardie & Susan Griffith

    Jul 7, 2018

    Sorry to be late to the party. Looking forward to seeing the finished result.

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 2, 2018

    £100.00

  • Alison CARTER

    Alison CARTER

    Jul 1, 2018

    Great idea!

    £10.00

  • Thirsty Cambridge

    Thirsty Cambridge

    Jun 28, 2018

    Here's the last £110 you need to hit the £1750 target, guys. Good luck and all the best from us reprobates at Thirsty. Let's have an official launch bash chez nous when the boards are up. Cheers, Sam

    £110.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 26, 2018

    Can't wait to see this!

    £20.00

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    Jun 26, 2018

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    Jun 25, 2018

    £20.00

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Nicky Webb

Nicky Webb

Cambridge, UK

I've lived in Cambridge for almost 15 years and brought up my three children here. Recently I moved to a new house just round the corner from Milton Road Library, and with friends and neighbours Ruth and Jo, I'm looking forward to making this project happen.

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