Art and soul of Mill Road

When I first heard about a new local art project, Show Me Your Art, last week I was very excited indeed – for three reasons. Firstly, the project sounds like a fantastic idea as it will give art a rightful place in the middle of our community. Secondly, the project is being organised by Cambridge resident and market trader Frank Rowsell – I know Frank and I think he could be just the man for the job; and thirdly it really inspired me to get creative – I enjoy painting and creating various crafts, but have often thought ‘what’s the point?’ because I just don’t have the space or platform to show my creations to the world.

Show Me Your ArtFrank believes that artists should have their talent recognised and he wants to involve the community, including schools, in his project ‘Show Me Your Art’. The project aims to bring art into the local community by creating a gallery and exhibition space on Mill Road, as well as an interactive website for artists to display and talk about their work and share ideas. Frank hopes to do this by taking over the former Misfits site in Romsey and is also working on creating the website – www.showmeyourart.com (which should be fully up and running in about three weeks time).

Show Me Your Art will be great for full time artists who want to display their work, but it will also provide a very welcome platform to those who are artists on a part time basis – for example, many artists and creative people often work in other jobs until such time as others start to notice their work and they can earn a decent – and often very well deserved – living from their art; and without space to exhibit how will they get noticed in the first place…?

The former Misfits shop has sat empty for some months now, but if the project gets the go-ahead to take over the site then this would see the Romsey side of the railway bridge, and Mill Road itself, given a new lease of life. The idea is already creating quite a buzz and as Frank himself says:

“I’ve already spoken to a lot of Cambridge artists and everyone seems really excited. Now we just need the support and sponsorship to make it work”.

If you’re an artist interested in exhibiting, or a potential funder/sponsor, or if you just want to find out a bit more about the project then do call Frank on (07815) 710180 or email him: frank@showmeyourart.com – he’ll be happy to hear from you.

A project like this can only be of benefit to the area and will encourage people in the community to work together, help give budding artists a step up the ladder and ultimately give us some lovely arty creations to look at and admire. In fact, the possibilities are endless! Now, where did I put that paintbrush…?