Cleethorpes People article on murals at Graham Chapman Classic cars

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Artistic licence to create works of art

THEY say beauty is in the eye of the beholder – well, here are some works of art for all to see, and sometimes you can find such works in the very unlikeliest of places.

For who would have thought that these stunning murals would be found on the wall of a garage workshop in Wilton Road, Humberston?

But find them we did, on the walls of Graham Chapman Classic Cars garage, created by Sam Delaney, founding director of Creative Start arts and his team.

Sam Delaney, director of Creative Start CIC, pictured working on one of the murals.
Sam Delaney, director of Creative Start CIC, pictured working on one of the murals.

 

Sam Delaney, director, and Emma Ling, treasurer, of Creative Start CIC, pictured in front of the Italian Job mural
Sam Delaney, director, and Emma Ling, treasurer, of Creative Start CIC, pictured in front of the Italian Job mural

 

“CREATivE stART” is a not-for-profit community interest company that provides support, aftercare and opportunities for those in recovery and their affected others.

They are a non-profit organisation, and deliver an abstinence based peer recovery programme, using art as an integral part of the recovery model.

They run workshops that provide a safe place for those in recovery from addiction and other areas of health that require ongoing aftercare and a support network.

Creative Start uses a peer support structure that focuses on trust and personal development. They aim to provide a service that people feel part of and therefore involve their members in all aspects of the service.

On the walls of the Wilton Road workshop are three massive murals depicting the British 1969 film The Italian Job, the mod film Quadrophenia and the famous iconic 007 James Bond.

They look fantastic on the walls against Graham Chapman’s classic cars, which include an Aston Martin.

Sam said: “A while ago we were at an event and got talking to Graham, who mentioned that he would like us to do something in his workshop, so here were are!

“The work has been put together by six of our members and we couldn’t have done it without them.

“Along with myself they were Emma Ling (treasurer), Martin Cuerton (resident artist), Mark Tustain (workshop manager), Jay Robinson and Phoenix Chant.”

Sam and his team hope to have the work completed by Christmas.

“It’s about giving our members self-esteem, a different focus and something to look at and think ‘I did that’,” said Sam.

“Some of our members say I’ve never painted before, I can’t do it, but we show them that by using simple techniques anything is possible.

“And we want to involve children too, maybe get them to paint a small area, like a brick,” he added.

“As a group we are an enterprise and to sustain our work and be less grant reliant, we want to appeal to any commercial businesses out there and show them what we can do,” said Sam.

Sam who has been abstinent for 10 years, would like some other companies to get in touch for a chat to discuss what the group can create for them.

“As our members get more involved, so it builds their confidence and self-esteem.

“Everyone of our members has a say.

“And through our art it builds confidence, helps create a purpose and keep them in the right company.

“I do not consider my role to be an artist or a therapist, I am more of a mentor,” Sam added.

The group now has a machine to produce and print, T-shirts, badges and key rings, which was funded by Comic Relief, to help sustain the service.

“Recovery is about being honest and being in the right company and things like art, are the change in focus that is needed too,” said Sam.

“We also want to support other peer led groups and worthy causes.

“We donated a painting and some prints recently to Bosom Buddies breast cancer support group and they were delighted with it,” added Sam.

The group holds a drop-in session every Tuesday, 10am until 4pm at Unit 5, Granville Street, Grimsby.

“It’s a safe place and anyone is welcome to pop in,” said Sam.

“We aim to tackle the stigma attached to addiction and also feel that it is important to provide support and include the families and loved ones of those affected.

“We teach art techniques and involve our members in creative community projects, such as murals, art exhibitions, donations and local events.

“Our vision is to help all members create works of art that can be exhibited locally, helping to rebuild confidence and self-esteem. We encourage our members’ creative ideas and aim to provide the materials to help them come to fruition. At present the most popular medium is acrylic on canvas and pop art style paintings.

“We promote new ideas, collaborations and all forms of creativity in order to provide activities and art that suits everyone. We aim to produce works of art that show quality and emotion.”

All profits are used to provide support and aftercare for people affected by addiction and to fund creative projects in the community.

For further information telephone 01472 315949 or visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/CREATivE_stART1

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Sam Delaney, director, and Emma Ling, treasurer, of Creative Start CIC, pictured in front of the Quadrophenia mural.
Sam Delaney, director, and Emma Ling, treasurer, of Creative Start CIC, pictured in front of the Quadrophenia mural.