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Community art project draws to a close - but still time to take part!

There are just a few days left for residents to make their mark on a large-scale community portrait which has so far involved more than 7,500 people.

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Artist Tim Mann's Crowded Room Wisbech project comes to an end on Friday, November 10, after visiting venues across the town since launching six weeks ago.

Residents' last chance to take part will be at Tesco Extra on Cromwell Road tomorrow, Saturday, November 4, and at Wisbech Library on Tuesday, November 7.

The project involves Tim drawing an outline around volunteers' bodies on to a huge canvas, to create a single, powerful image of the community.

He has delivered the project in locations across the UK and Ireland, and has already beaten his biggest one in Stamford last year which involved more than 6,200 people.

"The project 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," explained Tim.

"I'm delighted with the response to the project so far," he added. "It has been such a positive experience engaging all of the individuals and organisations who have taken part and the final portrait, which already holds over 7,500 outlines, will illustrate the generosity of this wonderful community".

Residents have taken part in the artwork in locations including Wisbech Football Club, the Oasis Centre, the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, the Queen Mary Centre, Peckover House and the Rosmini Centre.

Tim and the Crowded Room team also took the portrait to the Wisbech 2020 Vision Summit at the Thomas Clarkson Academy on October 20, when representatives from Fenland District Council and other partner agencies took part.

One of the participants, Councillor Michelle Tanfield, the Council's Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Young People, said: "It was fantastic to be part of the project; Tim has truly made a unique piece of art for the town of Wisbech. I hope for many years this will be a reminder of what a wonderful community Wisbech is."

There's also been a lot of media interest in the project, with Tim giving interviews for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Look East and KL.FM.

The community will be able to view the final portrait when it goes on exhibition at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum from Sunday, November 26.

Article added: November 3, 2017