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The Dylan Thomas Uplands Tour

Fresh Murals Co. was commissioned by Uplands Council in conjunction with Civic Motoring Services, Virgin Media and Envico Engineering to paint 10 utility boxes as part of the Dylan Thomas Uplands tour.

Swansea was once responsible for 50% of the world’s refined copper between 1830-1870. Fresh Murals Co.  thought it would be naturally fitting to use the colours found in Copper to reflect this Swansea history.

When copper oxidizes over time, a coloured patina develops that has its own peculiarities to it and is often used as a technique in modern art and jewelry.


For this Project Fresh Murals Co. used a copper background and Verdigris tones of Rivera  to depict iconic images of Dylan Thomas and relating subject matter.

The project was split into 2 sections with 5 boxes being painted with the Dylan Thomas signature and 5 boxes each with a more detailed stencil.

Fresh Murals Co. used a stencil style to replicate these images consisting of multiple layers to capture the depth and detail to represent a true likeness.

Outside of the Dylan Thomas house we painted a portrait of Dylan and a picture of Dylan’s childhood home. Continuing down the road to the entrance of Cwndonkin park we painted the water fountain which featured in the poem The Hunchback in the Park, We also painted Captain Cat from Under Milk Wood in Brynmill Swansea.

These art works will be accompanied by a series of wooden plaques, featuring Quick Response Codes (QR), which once scanned by smart phone, activate and and link to a website featuring details of the life of Dylan Thomas.

The trail will be finished by May 14th next year to celebrate International Dylan Thomas Day.

Uplands councillor Peter May, who with Uplands colleague Irene Mann  helped jointly fund the project from their community budgets,  Peter said: “The images have been commissioned by a local artist, and we thought as well as funding issues such as yellow lines or residents parking bays, it would be good to do something to brighten up the area.

“It is our contribution to the Dylan Thomas trail, and a contribution to the City of Culture bid.

“It is a good selling point for the Uplands.”

Graffiti party

It was our first time running a graffiti themed birthday party workshop in the Humphrey Lane Studios Swansea. We now have access to a gallery space that is perfect to accommodate graffiti workshops.

Fresh Workshops Co. packages start at £150 and this was based on 10 young people for 1 hour 30 mins with all  materials and teaching included. (They also get to take their artwork home on individual boards.)


Fresh Workshops Co. have been working with various organizations around the U.K on art based projects with people of all ages and abilities for the past decade.

All artists are DBS checked and have comprehensive public liability insurance.

Most graffiti workshops would be run collaboratively on 4ft x 8ft boards choosing a 3-5 letter word. An average session would include a brief history of modern graffiti covering different styles and techniques.

Depending on resources and groups sizes this would dictate a collaborative or individual piece.

We are able to provide risk assessments on request.

We can run an Agora and academy of creative arts accredited certificate

We can tailor each workshop to what you would like to achieve from the sessions, we’re happy to discuss and develop fresh and exciting ideas for the project.

This workshop started with a brief history of graffiti and street art including a sketching session to plan out the designs.

We then moved on to teaching the basics of using a spray can and by  the end each individual had created their own piece of graffiti art they can take home  on 2ft x 4ft boards.


We are very passionate about our workshops and the positive role art can have in society, we teach the essential skills to develop your own graffiti art. Like all disciplines practice is essential to develop you skills.

 If you are looking for Graffiti Workshops in the Swansea area Fresh Workshops Co have an available studio space in Humphrey Lane or we can come to your venue. There are many different options so it is best to Contact us with your ideas.

Please email info@freshworksops.co.uk with any questions and we will be happy to get back to you.