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Through Your Eyes

Street art by Gemma Anusa

10 Nov 2021-10 Feb 2022

In her new art piece 'Through Your Eyes, local artist Gemma Anusa brings to Reading's Oxford Road two new street art pieces that both reflect and celebrate the Oxford Road vibrant culture. The pieces feature portraits reflective of the multicultural community and include hidden words embedded in the painting about what the Oxford Road means to it's residents.

Gemma has been working as part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone pilot project on Oxford Road 'Re-imagining the high street through your stories', in which she and two other local artists were commissioned to create exciting new art responses to the Oxford Road Stories research project, which is now available to view on the Reading Museum's website as an online exhibition. Commissioned artists were asked to create proposals for art projects that would celebrate the history, heritage and vibrancy of culture of Reading's Oxford Road, and were selected by a local community panel.

Gemma's two street art pieces are on display on Oxford Road outside the entrance to the Battle Street car park. 

Gemma painting her peice

Where to find the piece

Gemma's piece can be found on the Oxford Road side of the railings outside the Battle Street car park (formerly Central Swimming Pool car park)

Map of location for the arwork

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About Gemma Anusa

Gemma is an artist and local resident of Oxford Road. Gemma enjoys creating work that empowers others, using vibrant and bold colours in her statement pieces. She describes her artworks' inspiration as coming from her experiences, surroundings and her soul; she likes to flow expressions of herself and inspirational people in her life into her artwork. 

"I believe that powerful art can influence the mind to be passionate, inspired and driven and that's what I aim to create in every piece of work I produce."

Gemma is also the founder of ANUSA Creatives. ANUSA is creative collaboration of fresh emerging talent, that invites you to feel the vibrational element of emerging artists work.




Gemma with three of her paintings