about the mural

In advance of Pride 2021 on 4th September 2021, we invited artist Erin Holly to Basildon to celebrate Our Towns LGBTQIA+ community. As a trans artist herself, Erin is passionate about creating visibility and affecting positive change through her art.

Following a series of creative workshops with Basildon’s LGBTQIA community and Essex Youth Service’s Basildon LGBTQIA+ Youth Group, Erin has developed a piece which plays off of a dinner table scene, reimagining the ’nuclear-family-around-a-dinner-table’ scene which often features in media and advertisements .

The artwork uses reference material from a 1950s advertisement  and integrates the artwork created by Essex Youth Service’s Basildon LGBTQIA+ Youth Group

basildon pride

Basildon Pride was founded in 2018, following a significant rise in tension directed towards the LGBTQIA+ Community in the borough.  The response was a march through Basildon Town Centre with the message that “Love Conquers Hate” followed by a celebration at Colors Nightclub.

the artist

Erin is a socially engaged artist painting indoors on canvas and activating public spaces with her
murals. She has also implemented and curated a DIY art venue and a street art project in Cardiff
Wales between 2013 and 2015. She is currently studying her MA at City and Guilds London Art
School. She seeks collaborations in and around the LGBTQ+ community and is an activist for trans