Crediton Flag Project
These are some of the stunning flags made as part of the 2017 Crediton Flag Project and used to decorate the High Street throughout the summer. Since the Flag Project began in 2013, more than 70 local groups and businesses have designed and made their own flags out of brightly coloured ripstop nylon, each one representing their role in the community. Flag making workshops have been led by local artist Charlotte Turner, who helps people turn their ideas from rough sketches into large-scale flags, which are then hung on wooden poles in the holders above the High Street shops. Admired by locals and visitors, the flags are not simply a celebration of our community’s creativity but, by making the town more attractive, have a more serious purpose of increasing footfall and trade in the town.
The project, initiated by Crediton Arts Centre as part of the 2013 Crediton Festival, was taken over by the Town Team in 2015. Originally inspired by the Mortonhampstead Flag Festival, Crediton’s flags have in turn been imitated by other towns in Devon and beyond.
In 2013 and again in 2016, flag making workshops were held in an empty shop on the High Street, which proved a very successful way of engaging more people in the creative process. In 2016, as well as making 8 new flags, we took the project in a new direction by inviting community groups to make large patchwork banners to decorate shops and public spaces throughout the year. One of these banners, made up from small nylon squares on the theme of ‘What Crediton means to me’, is currently hanging in the Station Tea Rooms. Do have a look when you are next passing.
In its first year the project was paid for by Mid Devon District Council through the High Street Innovation Fund (HSIF), a government grant aimed at regenerating town centres. Last year we were delighted to receive a further grant from the HSIF, in recognition of the important role played by creativity in keeping our High Street alive. We are also grateful for support from Crediton Town Council and many local traders, who not only contribute financially to the project but volunteer to put the flags up and take them down again.
If you are interested in taking part in the 2017 Flag Project, please contact the Flag Project Coordinator, Rosemary Stephenson at email@example.com
The Fourth Crediton Flag Project 2016
Charlotte Turner – artist
Four Seasons Flag
Bridget Arnold – artist
Laying out a design
Sorting the sides
Family flag workshop
Up and down the High Street
Hanging the Flags
Buy the book(s)
Two highly illustrated books have been produced to commemorate the Flag Project; the initial group from 2013 and an update for 2014. They are available for only £9 and £5 direct from Lulu.
The Crediton Flag Project 2013 captures the time when Crediton High Street was transformed by 40 flags celebrating the many businesses and voluntary groups that make Crediton such a vibrant community. The Crediton Flag Project journal presents every flag that was up on the High Street during Crediton Festival 2013 in detail and in glorious colour. Read all about the project: from the initial funding; through the designing, making, hanging and taking down of the flags; to plans for the future.
A photographic continuation of the 2013 flag project showing the flags of 18 more organisations who wanted to make their mark on the High Street. Now over 48 flags celebrate and enhance the heart of Crediton during the summer and for town parades.