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Katie Wells’ stunning murals enhance town and park link

Martin Read – Reporter

Local artist Katie Wells has brightened the Horsham scene with some eye-catching murals – at each entrance of the underpass connecting the town to Horsham Park. The spring and summery panels depict fresh, colourful scenes with delightful animals, known as The Townies and The Parkies, engaged in activities in the park, coolly dressed rabbits playing tennis, football and skateboarding and enjoying activities on the bandstand, too. Town Centre and Events Manager, Garry Mortimer-Cooke says: “Local graphic artist Johnny Lambert – a member of Horsham Artists’ Open Studios (HAOS) -recommended Katie and we commissioned her to produce the original art work to promote the relationship between Horsham Park and the Town Centre, encouraging visitors to enjoy both venues. We’re delighted to support a local artist and that the feedback has been extremely positive.”           Talking to the District Post Collyers educated artist Katie said: “This is my first major project and it was a very enjoyable process. First I produced the original illustrations in water colours on paper and then they were blown up and transferred onto metal signing material.” 22 year old Katie, from Wisborough Green, went on to say that she graduated from Bath Spa University with a degree in graphic communications. Why art and why animals? Katie continues: “I’ve loved art ever since I was little and, growing up in the countryside I love animals, too.” After acknowledging Beatrix Potter and Quentin Blake as her inspiration, Katie added: “I’ve also produced some alternative scenes for autumn and winter and the plan is to alternate with those panels when the seasons change.” Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Cllr Jonathon Chowen commented: “I am delighted that as the district approaches its Year of Culture celebrations we are reaching out and joining forces with local artistic talent to improve the town’s public realm and landscape in this way. Embracing and showcasing local talents is what the Year of Culture is all about and we look forward to discovering and nurturing more hidden gems and building on our home grown creative skills, giving them a platform to promote themselves and grow as the Year of Culture unfolds.” While, Gordon Lindsay, Cabinet Member for the Local Economy summed up saying: “Developing our local culture is key to developing our local economy. It is vital to making our district more attractive to live in and visit and will ultimately improve our tourism economy. This walkway is a significant link for visitors to our park and potential shoppers to our town centre and it needs to be an attractive entrance to these facilities.”   

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