Empowering Voices Through Art | Newcastle-Under-Lyme BID

Newcastle-under-Lyme BID Collaborates with Local Artist Rob Fenton Supported by Staffordshire Police Commissioner’s Office 

Newcastle-under-Lyme Business Improvement District (BID) is thrilled to announce an empowering workshop series, in collaboration with accomplished local artist Rob Fenton. This creative initiative, generously supported by funding from the Staffordshire Police Commissioner’s Office aims to facilitate discussions on women’s safety and experiences while fostering community engagement through the creation of a vibrant mural on Scarlett Street. 

Launching during Violence Against Women and Girls Awareness Week, these workshops, led by Rob Fenton and representatives from the BID will explore important conversations about women’s safety and experiences whilst providing a creative platform for community members to contribute to the design of a transformative mural on Scarlett Street in the heart of the town centre. 

The Staffordshire Police Commissioner’s Office, a steadfast advocate for safer communities, is a key supporter of this initiative. This collaboration with Newcastle-under-Lyme BID underlines the commitment of both organisations to raise awareness about Violence Against Women and Girls while sparking positive changes through artistic expression. 

Workshop Details: 

Dates: September 13th and September 20th 

Time: 6:00 PM 

Venue: Women’s Safe Space on Ironmarket 

Open to: All community members, regardless of gender 

The workshops offer an inclusive and welcoming environment for both men and women to engage in open conversations, share perspectives, and collectively contribute to the creation of a mural that embodies the shared values of safety, community, and respect. 

Charl Pearce, Manager of Newcastle-under-Lyme BID, expressed her enthusiasm for the project, saying, “We have always had such fantastic feedback for the Get Home Safe campaign that we launched in 2022 and its great to be able to build on this messaging by working with creatives and the wider community.  We see this as a unique opportunity to blend creativity with meaningful dialogue. By collaborating with Rob Fenton, we’re hoping to open up the conversation to community members where we can openly discuss women’s safety and contribute to a positive change in our town.”