A new art trail has been unveiled in Beeston to highlight the contribution of key workers to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ten images representing staff ranging from teachers and shop staff to NHS workers and carers are on display in various locations around the town.
Commissioned by Broxtowe Borough Council, the trail is part of a series of events to mark the redevelopment of the town centre and will serve as a lasting reminder of the dedication of key workers throughout the past 18 months.
Mayor of Broxtowe Councillor Richard MacRae, who unveiled the portraits this morning (Wednesday 16th), said: “We’re so proud of the community spirit that exists around the Borough and these portraits help shine the spotlight on the real stars of our community.
“The past year has been hard for everyone, but there have been so many reasons to be positive too. When we look back we will all remember the hard work and courage of our key workers and community-spirited residents, and we wanted to create this trail to provide a lasting tribute to them.”
Artist Lydia Atkinson was chosen to produce the portraits, which have been turned into steel etchings and hung around the town.
She said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to be involved in this project and to play a part in recognising those who have done so much for their local community.”
Among those featured is Nigel Adams, Director of the Hope Nottingham charity, which has helped distribute food parcels to those in need throughout the pandemic. Nigel’s image is on the portrait representing community and charity workers.
He said: “The level of support Hope Nottingham has received in the last year has been extraordinary. I’m incredibly proud of all our volunteers and staff who have worked so hard and so well together. The art trail is a great way for me and others to say thank you to so many people: together we’ve been able to help and bring hope to our whole community.”
Also featured is Beeston Police Community Support Officer Paula Hipkiss.
Paula, who is Beeston born-and-bred, has been a PCSO in the town centre for nearly 12 years.
In 2018 she scooped a Nottinghamshire Police PCSO of the Year award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to neighbourhood policing.
She said: “I just feel proud to be part of this initiative, as part of a team of people who serve the local community and who have helped people throughout the pandemic.
“I’m honoured to be featured and to represent the Beeston Neighbourhood Policing Team.”
The art trail is one of a number of exciting events for the town this year, where a £50m transformation of the town square is currently underway.
The first phase saw the new Arc cinema open at the end of May and an array of new retail, food and drink outlets will be opening on the ground floor of the cinema building over the coming months.
In the second phase a 132-apartment block will be constructed on the opposite side of the Square.
Visitors will be able to see a map showing all ten locations by scanning a QR code on the plaque on each of the artworks, and are being encouraged to share their snaps of them taking part in the trail on social media using #BeestonAllStars.
You can find the Beeston All Stars Art Trail Map (.pdf) (786KB) (Opens in a New Window) on our website or you can pick up a printed copy at Beeston Library.
The ten images represent:
• Transport staff
• Social carers
• Emergency services
• Community/charity workers
• Council staff
• Refuse workers
• Hospital staff
• Shop workers