Liverpool artwork of the week No. 35- The New Picket Mural by the Liverpool Mural Project
I arrived at the Picket yesterday just after the painters had finished and got the plane back to Belfast. Project leader Peter Morrison was still there with local artist Freddy Rylands so I was able to hear from them about some of the characters in the picture.
Its quite a skill, painting such large images on a brick wall, far different from oil on canvas and some of it was done by keen but not necessarily very skilled volunteers but its great that lots of local people were involved. You can see some of them in the picture below.
The Liverpool Mural Project begin work last week on a major new mural which unites the skills and experience of Belfast mural artists from both communities, Belfast Loyalist Mark Ervine and Republican Danny Devenny, together with community groups and artists in Liverpool.
Crossing the sectarian boundaries of their hometown, the artists have worked on a number of murals that speak of reconciliation and a new dawn for artists in Belfast. Working as part of the Liverpool Mural Project, the artists are now able to take their message of a hopeful and bright future to Liverpool and beyond.
The current project restyles the facade of The New Picket venue which is located on junction of New Bird Street and Jordan Street. Commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company, and part of the city’s official artistic programme as European Capital of Culture, the mural will celebrate the historic links between Liverpool and Ireland.
The Picket music venue also has a tale to tell. Formed in 1983, and playing host to a new generation of local musicians, The Picket has been the engine room of Liverpudlian pop and rock for 25 years. Now located in the newly inaugurated ‘independent quarter’ of Liverpool, The Picket continues to host gigs by new Liverpool bands, as well as more established acts.
Throughout its illustrious past, the venue has been managed by music fan Philip Hayes.
Speaking to the Liverpool Mural Project, Philip said,
“I’m so excited about this development, particularly as The Picket has often explored Liverpool’s Irish heritage. For example, in 2003, we hosted the Liverpool Irish Festival, in 2007, Elvis Costello performed, and on 31 October this year, we’ve got Damien Dempsey, probably the leading singer-songwriter in Ireland.
The work of the Belfast muralists is certainly inspiring, and we’ll be proud to have one of their murals on the main exterior wall of our venue”.
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