Can 10,000 residents of Wisbech create a record breaking community inspired portrait? Tim Mann thinks its possible

PUBLISHED: 11:24 03 October 2017

Tim Mann is well known for his collaborative 'Crowded Room' artworks; now he's bringing the project to Wisbech and hoping 10,000 residents will take part.

Tim Mann is well known for his collaborative 'Crowded Room' artworks; now he's bringing the project to Wisbech and hoping 10,000 residents will take part.

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A professional artist will soon be uniting the community of Wisbech - with a large scale portrait involving up to 10,000 residents.

Tim Mann is well known for his collaborative 'Crowded Room' artworks; now he's bringing the project to Wisbech and hoping 10,000 residents will take part.Tim Mann is well known for his collaborative 'Crowded Room' artworks; now he's bringing the project to Wisbech and hoping 10,000 residents will take part.

Tim Mann is well known for his collaborative ‘Crowded Room’ artworks, which see the outlines of volunteers’ bodies drawn on to a huge canvas to create a single image of a community.

He has delivered the project in locations across the UK and Ireland, with his biggest and most recent in Stamford last year involving more than 6,200 people.

Now Tim is hoping to beat his record with his new Crowded Room Wisbech project by involving up to 10,000 residents!

“My ambition is to celebrate each individual in Wisbech and their place within their richly diverse town with my largest project to date,” he said.

Tim Mann is well known for his collaborative 'Crowded Room' artworks; now he's bringing the project to Wisbech and hoping 10,000 residents will take part.Tim Mann is well known for his collaborative 'Crowded Room' artworks; now he's bringing the project to Wisbech and hoping 10,000 residents will take part.

“The Crowded Room project is a truly collaborative process and the objective is to encourage and enable those who live, work or study in Wisbech, as well as visitors to the town, to get involved.”

“It is always a fascinating experience,” he added. “A simple outline of one body is not very interesting to look at, but when you have the accumulation of thousands on one canvas it’s very powerful. It demonstrates that whilst each participant is different, in terms of appearance and character, as humans we are all integral to the world and are fundamentally all the same.”

Tim and his team will be creating the portrait, and other complementary works, in various locations in and around Wisbech and an exhibition to showcase the work will be launched at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum in November.

A large number of schools and organisations have already committed to get involved with the project but Tim is hoping to engage with many more to make the artwork a truly inclusive piece.

For more information about Crowded Room Wisbech and how to get involved contact Tim on 07400 623699 or his project manager Jenny Ward on 07752 878587, or email them at: admin@timmannartist.com

More information about the project is also available on Tim’s website.

You can also keep up-to-date with portrait locations and workshop venues by following Fenland District Council on Twitter @FenlandCouncil and on Facebook.

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