Painting with colour for communities
We’ve continued to invest in our local communities through a number of donations, with the aim of adding colour to people’s lives, in more ways than one.
Working with social enterprise NIMTECH, we regularly donate paint to charities and communities with the aim of reducing waste and promoting recycling.
Recently, we provided upwards of 20 cans of Crown Paints products to Colour Your City, an organisation which uses colour to transform urban space and improve wellbeing. The donation was used to help create a striking redesign of Room 2 at The Cause in Tottenham, a nightclub and cultural events space. By combining our black paint with UV paint, a new and radically-altered experience was created. The CAD and gaming inspired redesign was led by artist Antonis Papamichael, as part of a new initiative from Colour Your City called ART WORXX, which aims to maximise the creative potential of spaces, provide opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration and support artist development.
Also adding some colour to Hull, we donated around 50 litres of Sandtex paint in various colours to artist Andy Pea, part of the Kingston Art Group, for his work on the Hull City Council initiative to brighten up the Chanterlands Avenue railway bridge. Once selected as the artist, Andy worked with Thoresby Primary School to design the mural – eventually deciding on turning the bridge into an open air gallery consisting of different themes and painting styles, with each wall being treated as an individual canvas to create discussion amongst the public.
We’ve also helped to add some colour to the lives of prisoners through supplying HMP Preston with 130 cans of various types of paint, including Crown Trade Acrylic Eggshell and Crown Trade Matt Vinyl Emulsion, which were used as part of the establishment’s rehabilitation programme. The programme is run by the prison’s Education Department, with the aim of helping prisoners to gain skills in painting and decorating to help prevent reoffending upon release.
NIMTECH provides us with a way of using otherwise redundant paint for great causes, which often benefit communities as shown in these recent examples. It’s great to see this paint being used to benefit those who need it, while also reducing our environmental impact and improving our sustainability credentials.