Plymouth Brick Project

by Fraisia Dunn in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 20th March 2020 we successfully raised £11,600 with 59 supporters in 55 days

Brick Project invite the whole city make Glen Park steps explode with colour by collaboratively painting the wall one brick at a time.

by Fraisia Dunn in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Extra money will allow the project to expand its reach out to less central schools and communities in Plymouth. It will increase the number of participants we can reach through advertising and secure our accommodation for the project. It will also increase our chances of developing a second Plymouth Brick Project at another nearby site.


Brick Project is an engaging community public art activity that works at any bricked or tiled space. An area that is usually afforded little attention and has perhaps become neglected is painted in acrylic, one brick at a time by anyone who regularly passes by the area. They are guided by paid Assistant Artists from the local community who encourage participants to express themselves in a way that renovates the space, transforming it into a colourful exhibition built by memorable positive interactions.

 

When people feel engaged with an area, they’re inspired to look after it. Of many potential sites in Plymouth, the most appropriate site is the Glen Park Steps, which is the first thing visitors see when they leave the train station to the East.

Plymouth Brick Project will employ local artists, educators and web developers in engaging the community to personalise their own environment one brick at a time. We want the project to reach everyone, especially people who could feel overlooked in society. We will engage with local community groups and schools so people from all walks of life including people who are facing homelessness, commuters, senior people and literally anyone else who uses or walks past the steps will feel represented in the final piece. All participants will be treated as equals and will share pride and achievement in this project. The project is open to everyone!

Brick Project always creates a buzz, so people who wouldn't normally meet in their everyday lives paint side by side and create something that links all ages and communities. In Plymouth Brick Project we will use tablets to photograph each brick as it is finished, allowing the participant to enter their name and the title of their painted brick with assistance from facilitators. We will use this data every day to update our interactive website, designed by a recent graduate of Plymouth College of Art, in which a mouse can be hovered over a brick showing the artist name and the title of their work. This website will remain active as we create new Brick Projects worldwide, meaning the site will get a lot of traffic even after the end of the project. 

The whole community of Plymouth will feel included in the refurbishment of this area and hopefully even street painters who have previously vandalised the site will participate, meaning they can make graffiti in a constructive way and won’t feel tempted to damage the completed project (which will be protected by an easy clean permanent coating). Considering that 3125 people will take part in this 14 day Brick Project session, it will become a true reflection of the diversity of ideas, histories and futures that give Plymouth its vibrant character. Those who aren't feeling confident will be guided by the assistant artists in realising their vision. We will also tweak any bricks that are inappropriate while allowing the original composition to be recognisable by the artist. This spirit of inclusion gets everyone on board so no one will feel short changed by the finished piece.

Brick Project has been developed by three directors, Dan Petley, Rene G and Fraisia Dunn. Dan was initially inspired to start the project as an artist and community facilitator, Fraisia and Rene have joined to share their knowledge of running community organisations, developing healthy and sustainable systems and marketing and human resource skills. 

Your money will make the project possible. Creating the project takes a lot of dedicated work from local artist facilitators, so we're proud to say that paying these assistants takes up most of the budget. I will also be employing non artists as the realisation that anyone can create a good brick regardless of experience helps less confident passers by to get involved. Of course materials are very important, including lots of paint and brushes. The budget has been streamlined over the years so we know exactly how much space can be covered, taking inevitable spills and waste into consideration. Brick Project officials will be working at the wall for 10 hours every day. Promoting the project is also important, so printing and media costs is also accounted for.

If you have any questions please ask on the official facebook group... https://www.facebook.com/groups/plymouthbrickproject/

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£2 or more

26 of 100 claimed

Reserve a Brick and Badge

With this reward you can guarantee your space in Plymouth Brick Project. At the start of the project we will mark the reserved bricks ready for your contribution and give you a badge when we see you! If you have special requirements please send us a private message at https://www.facebook.com/groups/plymouthbrickproject/.

£5 or more

6 of 50 claimed

Fun Thank You Doodle and Badge

With a team of veteran Brick Projectors a collaborative A4 illustration will be created using skill, effort and wild abandon. Don't worry, it will look really good, much like that glorious badge you'll be wearing.

£10 or more

6 of 50 claimed

Brick Project Poster

A limited edition A3 Brick Project poster featuring high resolution images the displayment of which will make you look super generous.

£20 or more

2 of 40 claimed

Cards, Badge and Poster

FIVE hilarious limited edition Brick Project "Generic Greetings Cards". Cards that can be adapted for any event or occasion, be it a birth, festive times, a wedding or a funeral, just use the cunning tick-box system to say whatever you desire. While wearing a lovely badge and looking at the aforementioned poster.

£30 or more

5 of 10 claimed

"Gutter Bling", Badge and Poster

In this reward you will receive an original piece of artwork in the form of an original piece of "Gutter Bling", jewellery made by one of our directors, Dan Petley, from found objects, along with a beautiful badge and the "Before and After" poster. Dan's cult jewellery has been exhibited worldwide and 15 top quality pieces have been manufactured specifically for this Crowdfunder project.

£50 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Prestige Brick

Prestige Brick! The team will paint you a prestige piece in the Plymouth Brick Project. Whether you want us to render your name or some imagery that is special to you, We'll create it in bold technicolor featuring whatever detail we consider appropriate for your donation. A good option if you want to commemorate or surprise someone. Nothing commercial here please!

£100 or more

0 of 7 claimed

Gutter Bling, Cards, Big Collage, Badge and Poster

Quite a feast... two hilarious limited edition Brick Project "Generic Greetings Cards", an original piece of Gutter Bling and an epic collage, made this winter by Dan. Includes a badge and the official Brick Project poster!

£300 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Business Prestige Piece

At the start of the project we'll paint a prestige piece for your business, creating a bespoke, detailed brick for your company in bold technicolor. We'll include your address and logos if you like, a billboard that you pay for once but remains for 20 years. Your logo will feature on the web page, which remains active as new Brick Projects are created worldwide. https://www.brickproject.co.uk/

£750 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Brick Project Associate

Be a Brick Project Partner and we'll paint your image as a local hero of your choice on a brick in the project and be eternally grateful.

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Brick Project Partner

Be a Brick Project Partner and your logo goes on all of our publicity material as soon as we receive your pledge. You will also have a logo brick painted on our wall for all time.

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