The Mitcham’s Models mannequins were auctioned in October at the Portland Arms, and raised a total of £3660 for Tom's Trust (www.tomstrust.org.uk), a local charity which funds psychologists to work with children diagnosed with brain tumours. The letter from the charity extends "a huge thank you to the Friends of Mi8tcham's Corner for raising a wonderful £3660" and adds that they "think it was a wonderful idea and so well executed."
Mitcham's Models exhibition, July 2014
During July, Mitcham’s Models were put out on display in various locations around Mitcham’s Corner. The models were mannequins that were specially decorated by a variety of local artists and groups, including Wintercomfort; Rowan Foundation; Access Art Students; Greenway Family; ArtWorks Studio; Stephen Perse Foundation and Trumpington Gallery. We used recycled mannequins donated for the project, which were carefully refurbished by Morley Brothers at Milton. The project was funded by a grant from Cambridge City Council.
There was a very well attended opening ceremony with guest speaker Pippa Sandison and live music by the ReSound choir. Artist Jon Harris created a beautiful hand-drawn map of Mitcham’s Corner especially for the exhibition, showing the location of Mitcham's Models.
This was a community art project aiming to brighten up Mitcham’s Corner and raise the profile of the area as a place with a community who care about it, enjoy it and to whom it is home. The project was masterminded by Paddy Mannion, supported by many others. They came up with the idea of Mitcham’s Models to tie in with some local history: Mitcham’s was a drapers and ladies outfitters in the shop on the corner of Chesterton Road and Victoria Avenue, which opened in 1909.
The models were placed on private land and in locations chosen to catch the eye of the many who travel around Mitcham’s Corner every day. We are very grateful to all those who allowed us to use their land.