Photo montage of a mural showing over 50 people lying on the grass

Reclaim The Space


Reclaim The Space

Reclaim the Space is an amazing piece of street art by UK based international artist Helen Bur. Capturing the heart & soul of the brilliant community in St Mellons, it features over 50 local people having a mass “lie-in” on the grass in the fields behind Tesco in the summer of 2023. Painted on a 24 meter long wall in the civic space in St Mellons, the artwork shows people of all ages (and their dogs!) lying on the grass in the sunshine, chucking some shapes… having a cwtch and reclaiming their local natural and urban space.

Inspired by the incredible reaction to Us Here Now (our previous photography project in the same space, made with artist Jon Pountney) and how gutted people were that this project was only temporary, Common Wealth applied for funding from Arts Council Wales to bring a more permanent artwork here. We worked with our Sounding Board to find the right artist to commission and to collaborate with our local community. We are all delighted by Helen’s response and the reaction to her work – it’s truly inspiring.

Reclaim the Space is dedicated to the beautiful Julie George, our dancehall queen.


Artwork by Helen Bur

Photographs by Jon Pountney

Produced by the Common Wealth team: Camilla Brueton, Chantal Williams and Rhiannon White

Thank you to everyone who took part in the photoshoot!

Reclaim the Space had been funded by Arts Council Wales, Paul Hamlyn, donations from local people and supported by Tesco St Mellons.

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