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Tash plans to paint the town!

A street artist who's already made a colourful splash on the streets of Gloucester has revealed a plan to create a "huge outdoor art gallery" – and local reception suggests she's onto a winner for the community.

Tash Frootko has been busy around streets and squares in Gloucester for the past five years as part of her self-funded Rainbow City project, which has now gained government levelling-up funding for her latest focus – on Barton and Tredworth.

Tash said: "I will be running a series of exciting projects over the coming years in my favourite part of the city Barton and Tredworth. The area is such a vibrant and exciting place with a fusion of nationalities, cultures and ethnicities. I want to bring art to people's doorstep by turning the area into a huge outdoor art gallery full of creativity that will inspire the people living there."

Painting the scenery will create a new arts destination, she said: "shining a positive light on the area. Barton and Tredworth is set to become Gloucester's art and cultural quarter."

"I am so pleased to have been awarded partial funding and for my previous projects to have been recognised. All of my work is done on a voluntary basis, so every penny of this funding will go towards making Barton and Tredworth look sensational."

Improving areas of aesthetic inequality is "an essential part" of levelling up, she added.

"Gloucester has won my heart and I am totally devoted to transforming the look of this city for its residents who have been overwhelmingly supportive towards me. Colour is key in urban design and our build environments shape how we feel. Certain parts of the city have looked run down and unloved for far too long.

"I can visualise what potential the city has and what positive effects my projects have on people's mental wellbeing and sense of pride for the city. I strongly believe people should feel inspired by where they live. I can't wait to start this creative adventure and to announce where the transformations will take place.''

Sajid Patel, city and county councillor for Barton and Tredworth said: "Tash is an amazing and extraordinary person. I have seen at first hand her commitment and dedication to voluntarily helping make a positive difference to our communities. Her passion and enthusiasm to deliver improvements to our city is unquestionable and her track record speaks for itself. There is already a buzz in the air for what is about to happen."

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