Project Happy is a new initiative from Barons Quay and Cheshire West and Chester Council to help spread positivity in Northwich during this very difficult time.

As part of Project Happy, North West artist Emma Evans will bring happiness and colour to Barons Quay and the town centre with a series of street artworks, and children in Northwich are invited to be part of it!

Under 16s, who live or go to school in Northwich are invited to get creative and draw an object that makes them happy. One drawing will be chosen to be part of the mural at Barons Quay, the winner will also receive a £50 voucher to spend at The Entertainer and five runner ups win a £20 voucher.

How to enter:

  • Draw one object that makes you happy
  • On a piece of plain, white A4 paper
  • Keep your design simple – but use lots of colour!
  • You can use paint, felt tips, crayons or pencils
  • Ask a parent or carer to take a photo of your masterpiece
  • Share on social media tagging in @baronsquay or @barons_quay on Twitter
  • Use #ProjectHappy
  • Deadline for entries 26th June 2020
  • Terms and conditions can be found here.

Watch the video for some helpful hints and tip from Emma!

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “The aim of Project Happy is to embrace all the positive things about Northwich, whether that’s our heritage or the spirit which local people have shown throughout the coronavirus outbreak. We know that this has been an incredibly difficult time for local people and businesses and so we are aiming to bring positivity to the town and celebrate local heroes over the next few months.”

“We have seen that children and their families are getting creative at home, painting rainbows and using art to keep their spirits up, they have inspired our street arts project! You don’t have to be an artist to get involved, we will be posting helpful tips and advice on our social media channels to help get those creative juices flowing.”

Artist Emma Evans said: “Many people will be finding life tough at the moment, Project Happy will help people to focus on the positive and I hope that children will enjoy being inspired by the things that make them happy! My advice to entrants is to keep their designs very simple, bold and as colourful as possible, I can’t wait to see what they come up with!”

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth said: “The past few months have been challenging for us all and some more than others. The full impact of Coronavirus on our communities and economy are not yet known, but despite all of this it’s important that we can look to a future beyond this crisis. Our mental health and well-being, and that of the young people in Northwich has never been more important, so Project Happy is a fantastic opportunity for local children to get involved with art and leave their mark on their town.

“Whilst we are isolated or restricted in our movements, we are still part of a wider community and we need to seize opportunities to remember that. People in Northwich are so proud of the town and this project is about using that positivity to create something for everyone to enjoy, as soon as they are safely able to do so. I am really looking forward to seeing the finished murals for myself.”