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Mai was selected to develop a community arts engagement project with local young people to raise awareness and celebrate Colwyn Bay’s rich architectural history. She designed this programme based on the past, the present and the future. The surrounding architectural heritage was a starting point for the young people of the town to develop their own interpretations and vision for the future of the town. Their investigations formed diorama artworks which were embedded in hoardings around the new council building development. Their observations and thoughts were fed back to the town council. This initiative was funded by Colwyn Bay Townscape Heritage Initiative, Conwy County Council and Muse Developers.

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Phil Marsden, from Muse Developments, the Council’s development partner for the project, said, “It was great to have young people’s input in such an important part of their and the town’s future. To be shortlisted for a National Award is testament to the skills of everyone involved in their design, creation and print.”

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Cllr Louise Emery, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said, “We’re delighted that the inspirational designs on the hoardings have been recognised in this way. The new office development in Colwyn Bay is set to play a key role in the continuing regeneration of the town and the artwork was a fitting theme.”

Malcolm Robertson, Senior Contracts Manager from Bowmer and Kirkland, said “We recognise the importance of engaging with communities local to our construction projects. We are delighted that this inspired artwork produced by local school children which tells a story linking the past to construction of the future has been acknowledged in this way.”

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