Residents’ special memories shared in unveiled artwork

Severnside Housing and guests got together on Wednesday 18 March 2015 to mark the unveiling of artwork that shares residents’ special memories of living at Heaths Houses sheltered housing scheme in Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury.

The artwork, 2.3 metres high and 5 metres wide, was commissioned by Severnside and painted by artist Greg Redevices.  It was created after Greg and students from The Prince’s Trust spent time listening to residents and staff talk about their fondest memories of living at the former sheltered scheme.

The artwork will initially be erected on the hoardings at the redevelopment site at Heaths Houses, where work is currently well underway to construct 41 new homes, before reaching its final home at Severnside’s New Park House sheltered housing scheme. 

Sarah Boden, chief executive, Severnside Housing said “The artwork that Greg has painted is colourful and full of fun and gives you a real insight into how residents felt about living at Heaths Houses.  Our residents really enjoyed being involved in the project and their treasured memories and friends will be remembered forever in this beautiful artwork.

Severnside resident, Ann Lee said “I had a great time reminiscing about living at Heaths Houses with my friends and seeing the artwork today has been lovely.  I now live at Severnside’s Seabury Close sheltered housing scheme and whilst I did not want Heaths Houses to close, I realised when I moved into my new home how out of date and unsuitable the accommodation at Heaths Houses had become.  I live so much more independently at Seabury, with my two cats and have my own garden.”

The paint for the artwork was very kindly donated by the Dulux Decorator Centre in Shrewsbury.