When City Park West resident, Bridget Metcalfe, fractured her right wrist last year, she decided to take up a new venture to avoid boredom while it healed. The right-handed Chelmsford based singer and radio broadcaster decided to learn to paint watercolours using her left hand.
With building works well underway in phase two by Higgins Construction, the City Park West Genesis development on Victoria Road South captured Bridget’s attention. Having moved into one of the new apartments, she began to paint what she could see from her windows.
The multi-storey buildings, the cranes, the scaffolding and the developing urban site were her inspiration. She enjoyed it so much that she is now putting her work in an exhibition at The Transition gallery from 6th March 2018.
Bridget describes herself as “a colourist” because her work is vibrant and vivid colours, not what you’d perhaps imagine on a building site.
City Park West will offer nearly 650 mixed tenure homes including shared ownership, rental and extra care units once the second phase is completed by the contractors Higgins Construction in 2018. The scheme, which started on site in 2013, has also delivered new green space and commercial units, and has sympathetically restored three historic buildings including the Anne Knight Building, a former Quaker meeting house.
The collection can be viewed at an exhibition Left Handed Art which opens on 6th March at 7pm at the new Transition Gallery, (close to Chelmsford’s train and bus stations), The Anne Knight Buildings, Fenton Court, City Park West, Chelmsford CM1 1LW.