Friday, June 01, 2007

Liverpool Mural Project Hits The Liverpool Echo

Ulster mural painters may have 08 date, May 29 2007

by Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo

SECTARIAN mural painters from Northern Ireland could paint derelict homes in Liverpool if backers win their bid for culture funding.
Organisers want to recruit republican and loyalist artists to decorate rundown houses along Edge Lane with non-political themes.
An initial bid to the Liverpool Culture Company for money to fund the project was rejected because it was “not edgy enough”.
But backers of the Liverpool Mural Project today vowed to appeal against the decision.
Gregory Brennan, who put forward the idea with friends Peter Morrison and John Whitby, said they had interest from the Biennial and support from MP Maria Eagle.

He said: “We’ve also met a wide range of community groups and housing associations during the last year and a half.
“We want 2008 to be a year of inclusion not exclusion for the people of Liverpool
“These mural painters are interested and ready to come here.”
Labour councillor Paul Brant is also backing the project.
In a letter to Culture Company chief executive Jason Harborow he said: “The entry routes into Liverpool, particularly Edge Lane and Edge Hill, contain a considerable number of vacant or poor condition gable end properties which would be enormously enhanced by the applic-ation of a mural.
“Liverpool has a long and historic connection with Northern Ireland which would clearly resonate with communities.”
A Culture Company spokeswoman said: “We received more than 150 proposals for the first stage of Liverpool Commissions, many of which were of an extremely high standard.
“While this is a great indication of the health of Liverpool’s creative sector, it also means we were unable to progress many excellent proposals.
“We advised that the team would be in touch with the organisers of Liverpool Mural Project to explore other potential avenues for the idea.
“Unfortunately there’s been a delay in this, for which we apologise. We’ll be getting in touch this week.”

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