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A Blast of Colour for Brandlesholme

Published: 3rd May 2012 14:15

Brandlesholme residents have been immortalised in stone as a reward for getting involved in their local library.

Mural in BrandlesholmeAt the new mural are (back) Sylvia Jones (volunteer) and
Mark Isherwood, member of Brandlesholme Community Group, with
(front, from left) Toni Scothern, Natalie Heys,
and community information assistant Ellie Scothern.

A colourful mural has been produced by local artist Tracie Shaylor, a student at the University of Bolton and winner of the 2011 NADFAS (National and Decorative Fine Arts Society) Northwest MA Bursary Award.

Tracie, with help from the community, used photos of local people taking part in activities and visiting Brandlesholme Community Centre & Library to provide inspiration for the work.

Tracie said: "It was a little difficult with having a broken hand and there were a few problems along the way but I feel the outcome to be a positive representation of the good effect and opportunities accessible in Brandlesholme community centre and library. Michael Worsley of Polytec, Bury kindly donated the Perspex and I am pleased with the finished work."

Among the people in the mural are Sylvia Jones (72), a volunteer for more than 40 years and with the library since it first opened. She said: "The new centre is modern and very stylish and I really enjoy helping out and supporting the young children that come here."

Mark Isherwood (27), a member of Brandlesholme Community Group, was also on the steering group involved in the extension of the library centre.

Natalie Heys (12) and Toni Scothern (12), who both attend Woodhey High School, said: "We love coming to the new centre: it's got more space and computers and we also like coming to the craft sessions." Toni's mum Ellie, who first started as a volunteer at Brandlesholme, is now the centre's community information assistant.

Tracie's next mission, along with three other MA students, is to finalise the forthcoming fine art exhibition "Encompass" at Falcon Mill, Bolton. The show will also feature emerging and international artists and runs from 19 May to 17 June.

For further information on Tracie Shaylor please visit her website

For all information on library services see www.bury.gov.uk/libraries or follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/burylibraries or Twitter.

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