Artist to paint huge mural under Lincoln bridge

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Artist and designer James Mayle will begin work on a large scale mural this week to celebrate the history of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool and waterfront.

James from Balderton near Newark impressed the Lincoln Creates Fund panel with his proposal for a large scale mural. It will go along the wall at the Brayford underpass, which leads from the waterfront into the city centre.

It will have a contemporary twist based on the historical imagery from Lincoln’s heritage during the 18th and 19th centuries.

James is starting his artwork on Thursday, April 4. It should take about two weeks to complete.

The City of Lincoln Council recently cleared fencing from the area previously used as a homeless camp.

The concept drawing for the mural in the Brayford underpass.

James was given a grant of £2,870 from the fund which aims to encourage artists, business and landowners to work together on new, innovative visual arts projects to enhance the city centre.

He is among five artists and creatives to be awarded one of the first grants from the Lincoln Creates Fund.

The fund is a Lincoln BIG initiative delivered in collaboration with the Lincoln Cultural Arts Partnership and supported by Visit Lincoln.

Lincoln BIG is also supporting a community engagement day for the project. It also liaised with Lincolnshire Highways to secure permission for James to paint the area. Lincoln BIG has also helped with the erection of barriers whilst painting is underway.

Lincoln Creates Project Manager Sue Bell said: “We loved James’ concept and we are delighted that he has been able to work on his ideas with the owners of the nearby Royal William IV pub.

“The dramatic mural will have a contemporary twist, based on the historical imagery from Lincoln’s heritage during the 18th and 19th centuries and also links to King William IV and his service in the Royal Navy.

“The overall maritime theme of James’ concept perfectly reflects the heritage of this part of the city.”

Photo: Ian Paterson

Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Sarah Loftus added: “All five of the initial projects supported by the Lincoln Creates Panel highlighted each artist’s passion and enthusiasm. They also reflected the huge diversity of art forms being created today.

“I am really looking forward to seeing James’ mural taking shape. It will really brighten-up the Brayford area, which is popular with both locals and visitors.”

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