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Housing estate art project lands 12,000 grant award

Thursday, 31st May 2001.

AN ARTS project has received an award to brighten up a Haverhill housing estate.
Arts 604, a community arts group, has just been given 12,233 by East England Arts to continue work which started last year on the Living Spaces Project on the Clements Estate.
June Muscroft, vice-chairman and co-ordinator of the project, said: "It is an exciting scheme.
"We are involving people who have never done any sort of art work before.
"The Clements Estate is being developed and people are having front gardens where they did not before. Public spaces are also being changed.
"We will help with planning, design and paving around the new public areas and we will hopefully create some murals on the ends of houses.
"I am extremely excited that we will be able to do something properly for a change. It will make all the difference."
The project is a partnership between Arts 604, the Wildlife on Your Doorstep project and the Clements Residents' Association.
Wildlife on Your Doorstep has a grant from the Suffolk Wildlife Association and will be in charge of planting the garden areas.
Caro Blount Shah, an arts development officer for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, helped the group to apply for the award.
Arts 604 is also hoping to obtain further funding this year and will spend the next two months planning their activities.
Mrs Muscroft said: "From the taster workshops we held, we saw there is a lot of creative talent out there."

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