Larne Grammar School street artists help rejuvenate the town with a colourful new mural

LGS Street Artists pictured in front of the completed mural

A cross community class of pupils from Larne Grammar School participated in a 4-week Street art course, during the months of October and November.

The pupils ranged from A-level Art students to Year 10 and 11 pupils who are taking Art for their GCSE’s. A professional street artist Dean Kane from Visual Waste taught the pupils the history of street art, how to control the spray cans, make stencils and design and complete outdoor wall murals.

The pupils enjoyed practicing using the spray paints in an outdoor urban environment before helping the artist with the final piece – a mural of the A-List Hollywood actress Valarie Hobson, in Larne town centre. Valarie Hobson was born in the harbour area of Larne and starred in blockbusters such as Bride of Frankenstein and Werewolf of London.

The mural has really helped brighten up an area of the town which has seen better times and will hopefully act as a catalysis for a revival in its fortunes. The Larne Renovation Generation, a local community group, whose main aim is to help brighten up the town helped host the event alongside St.ART and MEA council. The aim of the Peace IV sponsored St.ART is to breathe life into 20 under-loved spaces in the borough, through art/music, dance and drama.

The mural can be seen at the corners of Point and High Street. The Larne Renovation Generation would like to see this area, ‘The Bridge Quarter’, developed into a music, arts and sports district for future generations, such as the participating pupils, to enjoy.

Thank you to Tommy Workman and Crawford Leitch who provided us with their gable wall for the mural, as well as Wilson’s Carpets, who kindly let us use their shop during the project.

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