Poverty has an appearance and The Colourful North CIC aims to elevate the aesthetics in socially deprived communities addressing the appearance of Poverty. These changes aren’t necessarily through spray cans or paint, but hoping to make upgrades which solicit a better quality of life for those who absorb their built environment.
By addressing ‘brown’ site communities and transforming them into ‘colourful’ site communities, The Colourful North was created to shine a new light on the upgrading of Poverty. The idea that ‘If you see good, you do good; if you see bad you do bad, where we hope to upgrade the lifestyles for the personal investment to re-apply into the lives of the inhabitants of the community.
By bringing creative environments into the communities of those who usually integrate with a depleted, neglected or under financed environments usually associated with council estates (but not limited to) will see the transformational changes provided by The Colourful North, to transform the lives of those in order to manifest a new pride previously un-perceived.
The transformation of Industrial environments provides the perfect landscape for creative adaptions, provided that we work with the community to generate acceptance for the changes. What we hope to achieve is Absolute Social Mobility of the entirety of the UK, hoping to limit the subjective neglect usually associated with under financed deprived communities.
As a centre piece to each community, we hope to create artwork as a small feature which symbolises how the community identifies within themselves should the opportunity arise, but remains a small part of our wider ambition to contribute towards total community make overs. Whether this be through unique tiled designs, re-modelled parks, flower beds, community cleaning operations or other boutique related implementations, the community can provide the creative spark towards these changes.
The inspiration behind The Colourful North has been drawn from previous experience of living in Melbourne where the city centre has utilised art and other developments to its advantage transforming industrial eye soars into open top canvas's of social diversity allowing tourists and residents to absorb the radiant beauty projected. The concept has given back to various International Communities, the ability to restore areas once considered un-desirable, allowing the local communities outlook of their community to improve drastically, even allowing tourism to flourish and violence to diminish through the suburbs which were once notably avoided.
Potentially, The Colourful North can be a very rewarding concept given the opportunity. We aim to restore individual’s low confidence/self-esteem and introduce positivity through colour which has notably been proven to diminish the signs of depression.
The Colourful North represents the opportunity to transform an Individuals outlook to society and promote their sense of greater responsibility, colourfully challenging individuals miss guided outbursts. By challenging mental health and restoring local pride helping to reduce vandalism, the newfound confidence in our surroundings perpetuates the greater responsibility whilst channelling it into a creative, constructive response. Collectively it allows UK society to better express ourselves, allowing tourism to feed from the reciprocal positivity.
The Colourful North aims to provide a unique to the area, positive experience projecting respected developments usually associated in city centres, into the UK suburbs. The work undertaken will be commissioned by a mixture of professionals and the local community.
Our work will be within both active or shy areas of the community depending on shape of space, genre, permission and/or public interest. The developments are designed to change the fortunes of the UK through personal pride, tourism encouragement, restore and promote the dwindling communities which lack investment, distraction of environmental hardships for the strugglers and a more positive outlook of one’s self; but more importantly it allows the community to express themselves constructively.
Donations are welcome as we use the donations to set up our shop so we can perpetually upgrade your communities; Our existence as a social enterprise limits the process of gentrification as our desire to extract value remains minimal. Please visit our donations page as The Colourful North needs your support to continue our legacy!
The Colourful North CIC