New Brayford Underpass mural to celebrate Lincoln’s waterfront

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Artist/designer James Mayle has been commissioned to create a piece of mural artwork celebrating the 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, businesses and landowners to work together on new, innovative visual arts projects to enhance the city centre.

The large scale mural will go along the wall at the Brayford Underpass, which leads from the Brayford Waterfront into the city centre.

He will start 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.”