The mural project with celebrated artist Evewright is underway at a local prison, and the results will be out in the open on Ipswich Waterfront in July 2019. Producers of Art Eat Festival secured funding from Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund and Ipswich Borough Council to work with Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality and run 10 design workshops with residents at a local prison.

Artist Evewright is leading the mural design and paint sessions in the prison and the mural will be installed near Ipswich Waterfront in the summer.

ISCRE and the Illegal Lending Money Team have identified that people in prison and their families are most at risk from loan sharks. The project is an educational opportunity and is helping to warn people against borrowing money from dangerous people.

As part of Art Eat Festival the workshops will produce a mural which will raise awareness of the dangers of borrowing money from loan sharks, during the workshops people are encouraged to get in touch with Credit Unions as a safer way to borrow money. The finished mural will warn people about the dangers of borrowing money from illegal money lenders. Daisy Lees, producer of Art Eat Festival says: “The Stop Loan Sharks Mural is a creative and vibrant project which has strong educational and preventative powers. We’ve engaged a professional artist to work in the prison to design and paint a mural with people who understand the situation. Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council have been very supportive, we really hope the town will like the finished work and agree that it holds useful messages”

Phanuel Mutumburi, Director at ISCRE said: “There is abundant evidence to show that arts participation by people with a lived experience empowers them and improves outcomes for the community and we are excited to be partnering on this unique and positive project” Iona Hodgson, co-producer of the festival also commented “We have so far been hugely impressed with the development of this project and the creativity and vision of the participants. Personally I am really looking forward to installing this piece of meaningful art in the streets of Ipswich.”

Evewrights Exhibition ‘Caribbean Takeaway Takeover’ a series of limited edition photo etchings of twelve Windrush generation elders, recorded stories and memorabilia and is part of the country-wide Windrush Day Celebrations at The Migration Museum, London until the 28th July 2019.

Report a loan shark anonymously. You can call Stop Loan Shark team 24/7 on 0300 555 2222

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