Nudge 5 – Joy and colour on Union Street

We love getting out on the street and changing how it feels for our community. We have been creating little nudges with local groups, artists and residents for many years, building up lasting change in our community.

Together we can now create more joy, colour and activity along Union Street and make our community voice heard.

Most of this work is supported by funding from the Local Trust through Creative Civic Change.

This page shares our latest activity and what is coming up. You can also check out all the joy on the street here. This work is guided by the Nudge Sparks – a group of local people who want to see change on the street…


The fabulous wall on Union Street is still going to grow this year with designs submitted to the Plymouth Design Forum for the 400×400 challenge on Instagram with themes that are super relevant during these times.

Community is kindness

We joined in with this great national project to remind us all what’s important right now and brighten up the street.

Scrapstore new sign

The Scrapstore have worked with Art and Energy and Plymouth Energy Community to create a solar powered sign for their building.


Local artist collective Wonderzoo will be bringing you something special to listen to and enjoy when you are queuing for the supermarket. Listen to the poems here.

Alien Activists

We started making these during zoom meetings. A little surprise on your walk. Make your own! Use this pattern or make up your own. Drop it into Union Corner and we’ll add it on the street.

A pavillion for US

In collaboration with Visual Arts Plymouth we have commissioned William Luz to make something special on the street for the Art Weekender. Look out for more about this on the street and follow on Instagram.

Coming up….

Igneous Interactive

Help Igneous Interactive create characters that represent communities ready for an interactive AR experience in the autumn.

Multiversal canopy

This stunning canopy created by Tom from FreeRadical using Calvin’s photos of the street party didn’t quite get up on the street before lockdown but it will be up as soon as we can.

Urban Magic – Pete Clayton

Look out for some splashes of colour and thoughtful messaging by one of the winners of our Plymouth Design Forum competition, the super talented Pete Clayton.

Urban Magic – Jordon Hill

Bringing a whole different type of art and opportunities for local residents to join in…look out for Jordon’s creative take on the Plymouth Design Forum brief coming on a wall near you soon.

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