A graffiti-strewn wall is set to undergo a transformation from a group of university students.

University of Worcester students will team up with artist Rob Draper to create a colourful mural to celebrate the city’s musical heritage.

The artwork will span the walls between the new Elizabeth Garrett Anderson building and the Green Self Storage building on the route linking Hylton Road and Hardwicke Close.


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Work to create the mural will begin on Wednesday, April 10, and is expected to be completed in around six days.

However the work hinges on weather conditions.

The design, which centres around a quote by Worcester native and legendary composer Edward Elgar, blends the creativity of Draper and a team of university art students to showcase the city's musical heritage.

Draper said: "I hope that the colour palette is uplifting, and that the Edward Elgar quote that is location specific to Worcester has a broad, positive and personal appeal to viewers."

The project has seen Draper at the helm in a creative directorial capacity, working closely with the students.

He said: "Working with the University students has been effortless.

"It has been creative and engaging, throwing in ideas, and experimenting, trying different concepts and they’re all committed to making it as good a project as it can be."

The project champions inclusivity, incorporating a poem—penned by participating student Cosmin Popescu—displayed in both written and braille form on either end of the mural.

Mr Popescu said: "Art is something which is predominantly seen with the eyes, but if we can take it to the next level and make it more sensory, society becomes more inclusive.

"People who have visual impairments deserve to know that there are artists out there who have them in mind, and that we fight for them to have a stronger connection with art."

Students from New College in Worcester also plan to take part in painting the mural alongside their Regency High School peers.

Ree Han, head of department for art and design communication, said: "This wall is neglected but gets a lot of passing traffic, it’s used by students and locals every day."