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Stunning mural will celebrate Lincoln'a maritime history

City shoppers and visitors can look forward to seeing another exciting public artwork taking shape, as artist/designer James Mayle starts work on a fantastic mural celebrating the fascinating history of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool and waterfront.

James, who is from Balderton, near Newark,  is among five artists and creatives who was awarded one of the first grants from the Lincoln Creates Fund – a Lincoln BIG initiative delivered in collaboration with the Lincoln Cultural Arts Partnership (LCAP) and supported by Visit Lincoln.

He 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.

James impressed the scheme’s funding panel with his exciting proposal for a large scale mural to go along the wall at the Brayford Underpass, which leads from the Brayford Waterfront into the city centre.  He is starting his artwork on Thursday, April 4 and it should take about two weeks to complete.

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.”

In addition to awarding James a grant, Lincoln BIG supported a community engagement day for the project and liaised with Lincolnshire Highways to secure permission for him to paint the area.

The Business Improvement Group has also helped with Health and Safety arrangements, including the erection of barriers whilst painting is underway.

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.”

Lincoln BIG is planning to hold a further round of Lincoln Creates funding in the summer, with artists invited to submit their proposals for specific areas of the city centre which need brightening up. Further details will be posted on Lincoln BIG website:

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