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Your Space Or Mine

Bethan Woollvin

Artist Bethan Woollvin is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator whose bright, quirky colours and characters immediately evoke warmth in the viewer. Her illustrations, with big-eyed characters and cheeky-looking animals, tell a powerful story all their own, which is why she was the perfect choice for a collaboration as part of the Your Space Or Mine series.

Your Space Or Mine is a side project in which the BUILDHOLLYWOOD family offer its poster space to artists in cities across the UK to spread their positive messaging. Right now, it’s more important than ever – lots of people are lonely and in need of uplifting messages. Keen to bring positivity to the streets, Woollvin’s work will be on display in Sheffield.

Called “House Party”, the piece spreads warmth outside while reinforcing the possible magic of staying inside. In gentle but bright colours of pleasing turquoise, pink and yellow shades, the piece features fantastical scenes in a cutaway illustration of a house. It shows what’s possible if you only use your imagination: dancing cats, an octopus eating cake in the bath, and bears wrestling in the living room are among the fun images Woollvin chose to create.

Also available as a print with 25% of profits going to NHS Charities Together, Woollvin’s work breaks the idea that staying inside is boring. “The ‘Your Space Or Mine’ project allowed me to embrace the many ways households are managing isolation,” she says, adding, “Focusing on the small moments of joy we have found in our homes, whether you’re binge-watching tv, studying the stars or eating cake in the bath!”

Just like Woollvin’s other work, House Party is playful, but it carries deeper messages: “It enables me to spread positivity to the wider community,” she says.

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