A partnership of the Canal & River Trust, Oxford City and County Councillors, Thames Valley Police, The Friends of the Trap Grounds, the local boating community and the Waterways Management Company, worked together to promote the Oxford Canal Mural Project.
The partnership worked with local residents, boaters, colleges and schools to tackle the ongoing problem with graffiti along the canal corridor. In 2016 four new murals were created to cover the undersides of two bridges on the Waterways estate in north Oxford, the Elizabeth Jennings Way Bridge and the Frenchay Road Bridge. In 2017 the arches along the sides of the Frenchay Road Bridge were painted with a further 14 images of animals and flowers.
Painting the murals was an opportunity to be proactive in demonstrating that the canal corridor is cared for by the local community and will act as a suitable welcome to the city for canal visitors by boat or on foot.
The murals were painted by artists Dan Wilson, Tom Webb and Richard Wilson. The designs were developed following a competition in schools and the local community.
The 2016 murals are funded by a grant from Tesco Bags of Help
The 2017 murals were funded by The Friends of the Trap Grounds, The Canal & River Trust, Cllr Liz Wade – Community Fund, FirstPort Property Services, Cllr John Howson – Community Fund and Evergreen Grounds Maintenance Services
The murals featured on Thats Oxfordshire TV, BBC South Today and in the Oxford Times read about it here
For more information about the murals contact Tom Cox on firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Waterways Management Committee contact the Chairman on email@example.com