The subway artwork was created by students at Hereford College of Arts to support the Herefordshire Safer Streets project.  This project has been running for 18 months with the aim to target violence against women and girls, neighbourhood crime and anti social behaviour.  West Mercia Police have been supported by Herefordshire Council, Vennture, West Mercia Women’s Aid, West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, Hereford Women’s Equality Group as well as Hereford College of Arts to deliver each of the above aspects for this project.

Herefordshire’s project incorporates a number of aspects:

  • CCTV
  • Street lighting
  • Landscaping
  • Education
  • Guardianship
  • Media Campaign – ‘Time for Change’
  • Subway Art

The subways in Hereford were highlighted through community surveys as being areas individuals did not feel safe.  The brief for the Subway Art work was developed by a committed, passionate VAWG stakeholder group who wished for the areas to be transformed to evoke a sense of optimism by utilising sketches that were bold, vibrant and hopeful.  The students from the art college certainly delivered on this brief.

Credit – Viv Barraclough for the images.

As seen online at Yahoo News and The Hereford Times.

Colourful artwork installed in Hereford subways ‘to make the streets safer‘ – Yahoo News UK Yahoo News UK “The brief came from the police as part of the Safe Streets campaign,” said Nicholas Stevenson, a lecturer in illustration and animation at Hereford …
Hereford College of Arts install artwork in city subways The Hereford Times COLOURFUL artwork has been installed in two Hereford underpasses as part of an initiative to make the streets safer.

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