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A local artist has added a splash of colour to Queensway Court in Leamington.

Lesley Whelan, who has a studio at the Canal Basin in Coventry, was commissioned to produce five pieces for the Queensway Court independent living with care scheme, which was built by Deeley Construction on behalf of Orbit Homes for Orbit Heart of England in the Queensway area of the town.

Lesley – a self-employed artist for 15 years – researched the area before creating the work to ensure it was relevant to the 178-apartment development.

She said: “I was approached by Deeley because they knew some of my other work in public places such as hospitals and businesses.

“It was a really interesting project to work on. One of the pieces is based on the River Leam, from which Leamington takes its name. Another was based around a well-known Oak Tree which sits on the corner of Lillington Road and Lillington Avenue.

“I really wanted to bring out some of the wonderful colours from the parks and gardens too because I wanted to capture the local area and make it relevant to the town.

“I’ve created a technique of my own where I burn into the work’s surface and then use acrylic paints so it gives the piece a real textured feel.

“That’s the technique I used here and I was really pleased with the results. I met a few of the residents too and had very positive feedback from them, which was great to hear.”

Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “Lesley’s work is a great addition to the Queensway Court independent living with care scheme and is proving to be popular with residents there.

“The overall project has been a huge success and we have maintained our commitment to using local companies and individuals during the work. Around 85 per cent of the contractors and suppliers we used were from within a 30-mile radius of the scheme, which has a further positive knock-on effect for the local economy.”

Lorraine Mansfield, Extra Care Development Manager at Orbit Independent Living, says; “Although it’s still quite new, Queensway Court has a strong sense of community and people living there spend a great deal of time in the shared areas.

“The new artwork that Lesley created has helped make Queensway feel more homely and customers are loving the new addition to their lounge. We are grateful that Deeley has provided this artwork and thank them for helping make this great housing scheme that much better!”

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