Safrana Art is a Manchester-based artist who is no stranger to the Community RePaint Network. She has worked on numerous projects with the help of Community RePaint Wythenshawe, including the Muslim Youth Foundation in 2018. For this project, she worked with The Rulers Church on Chippenham Road to use leftover paint in Manchester in hopes to improve the area.
We spoke to Safrana who said that the main wall of the church was a hotspot for graffiti, and despite best efforts to patch it over with white paint, the church faced a fine from the local council for the reoccurring graffiti issues. Safrana approached the church, offering to brighten up the wall with a community mural, in the hope to deter graffiti in the area.
The church and pastors were delighted with Safrana’s kind offer and were over the moon to change the look of their outside wall, which would also save them from a hefty fine.
Safrana said “if I didn’t have access to a local Community RePaint scheme, this would not be possible for me. I get paint from there so I am able to help the community!”
You can read more on Safrana’s blog here, and keep up with her new work via her Facebook or Instagram pages.
Community RePaint Wythenshawe, which is run by the Tree of Life Centre, collect paint locally from traders, retailers and manufacturers. Paint is available for individuals and groups to purchase for £1-2 per litre.
Could you brighten up your local community spaces? Find affordable paint at your local Community RePaint scheme here.