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IPM Case Study: Pickle Illustration

Shirley Town had been dealing with issues of graffiti and town identity for years; but through recent creative and innovative public art initiatives, there has been greater community involvement in the town.


This case study comes from Pickle Illustration, a public arts company group who worked with the local council to help them achieve their goals on improving the town centre. This study shows how public art can make a real difference to the appearance, attractiveness and experience of the high street. It shows that our communities desire projects like this in our places and are important in building trust between councils and residents.


This case study, written by Lauren Jefferis and Olivia Collins shows how successful public art schemes can be in boosting local pride in place. This provides an example of the need of creativity and innovation in our town centres to engage with communities, families and young people to ensure that our places are a space for everyone. This case study is an important read for those who are willing to engage in the improving the appearance and creating communities in their towns.

Read about the work undertaken in Shirley by clicking on the link below:

Pickle Illustration



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Formed in 2006, the Institute of Place Management is the international professional body that supports people committed to developing, managing and making places better.

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