Stoke-based community interest company Urban Wilderness has been awarded funding from Arts Council England to run a project that gets creative with the city’s green spaces.

The project, called Wastelands and developed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, will commission five new pieces of artwork from local artists to respond to green spaces - parks, gardens or strips of disused land - which have become important to people during lockdown.

Wastelands will also share stories from the communities across the city about how they have coped during the crisis.

Commenting, Laurel Gallagher, founder and co-director of Urban Wilderness, said: “Stoke-on-Trent is one of the greenest cities in the UK. As an organisation, we have long been interested in using these green spaces for community benefit. Throughout lockdown, many of us have enjoyed exploring the green spaces on our doorsteps, and new artwork is a great way to connect communities and explore our new experiences.”

Urban Wilderness are one of several cultural organisations which have been awarded emergency funding from Arts Council England to deliver work during the pandemic.

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