Less than three year’s ago Thornton Heath was a blank canvass now it has been transformed in to art lovers paradise with its own creative trail.
The Thornton Heath Community Action Team inspired leaflet enjoys the varied art works adorning our streets.
The art trail documents 16 locations of interest starting at the Grangewood Park lock up and ending at Thornton Heath Pond.
The leaflet which is now available at a number of local outlets was produced in collaboration with CALAT and Freeart.
It takes in commissioned art by the council at Brigstock House, Ghanapathy Temple and the series of murals on the High Street along with the latest murals on the Ambassador House forecourt featuring “Dare to Dream’ and ’Hope not Hate’ created by local artists Bareface and Vân Dang.
It also promotes the Network Rail funded mural painted by Lionel Stanhope at platform four at the station, the banners on Melfort Road designed by local people and a variety of murals and mosaics funded by THCAT and the Friends of Grangewood Park.
The fun underwater designs on Bensham Manor Passage, the railway bridge between Bensham Manor Road and Elm Road, painted by volunteers as part of a THCAT project has transformed an uninviting and former graffiti ridden pedestrian walk way.
Chair of THCAT Linda Watson said: “Some years ago I was visiting Wimereux on the north coast of France and found a leaflet in the tourist office with a walking trail around the most unusual buildings in the town. It made me think of THCAT creating something similar here in Thornton Heath but I wasn’t sure what the trail would cover. Then, in the last few years, a variety of art has been popping up around our streets… and so the leaflet above took shape thanks to a collaboration between THCAT, FreeArt and CALAT. I hope you will enjoy following the trail.”
Local resident Daisy Nurula said after completing the trail: “The Art Trail made me realise that I didn’t have to visit a gallery to see art; it’s on the walls of my local buildings. All I had to do was look up.”
To download the PDF map visit: https://thorntonheath.net/art-trail/