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Lowestoft residents invited by We Are Here project to talk about climate crisis and inspire two murals





As Lowestoft commemorates the 70th anniversary of the North Sea floods, two new murals will be put up to get people to think about future risks.

Residents of the coastal town have been invited to come along to a series of free workshops next month.

This forms part of campaign by the We Are Here project to get people talking about the climate crisis on a national level.

The workshops will take place in The Grit in Lowestoft. Picture: Google Maps
The workshops will take place in The Grit in Lowestoft. Picture: Google Maps

All will take place at The Grit, Lowestoft Arts and Heritage Centre, in Old Nelson Street.

The first, which runs from 6pm to 8pm on March 2, will encourage discussion about the crisis.

The second, which take place between 5pm and 8.30pm on March 6, will comprise art workshops to inspire the creation of the murals, while the third, which runs from 6pm to 8pm on March 16, asks what to do next about climate change.

The Art Eat Mural in Ipswich. Picture: Art Eat
The Art Eat Mural in Ipswich. Picture: Art Eat

Mural design will be led by community artists Albert Clegg and Zoe Alleyne from Bud Studio, based in London.

The team are actively looking for large walls or other suitable areas in the town for the displays.

They could be up by Spring, the team said.

We Are Here is a joint project by campaign coalition Rights Community Action, art collective Glimpse, and delivered by Ipswich-based Art Eat.

The team placed a similar mural in Ipswich.

Anira Khokhar from the campaign, said: “The project is about more of us being heard - especially those of us facing the most severe impacts of climate change now and in future.

"As our new flood map shows, people who live in the Suffolk Coastal region will experience more flooding of their homes and businesses because of the climate crisis, and more action from those in power is needed.

"Art Eat has a deep understanding of the power of working together to create public art. They know that it unites people, amplifies their voice and galvanises change. We are delighted to work with them on this project.”