Saturday, September 22, 2007

The Liverpool Mural Project - open letter to Phil Redmond

This letter was sent to Phil Redmond on Friday.

Dear Phil

I am very impressed with The Liverpool Mural Project which is a unique project which is aiming to bring the skills and experience of mural artists from all communities of Belfast, working together and with community groups in Liverpool.

As you will know, their objective is to create distinctive non-political murals for our Capital of
Culture year.

The project has been supported and welcomed by many members of the Liverpool, Irish and Northern Irish creative and artistic community; Ken Loach, John Fay, Professor Marianne Elliott, Director of Institute of Irish Studies, Ian Jackson - The Liverpool Art and Culture Blog, Robert Ballagh, Professor Phil Scraton, Jimmy McGovern, Danny Morrison, Terry George, Peter Sheridan, Phil Hayes of the Picket, Christy Moore and many more.

It has also been the subject of many supportive letters in local newspapers.

I understand that the Culture Board have so far rejected the project for inclusion in the 08 programme on the grounds that it is "not edgy enough".

However given that you have said you will re-examine rejected suggestions in an effort for 08 to reach out to more ordinary local Liverpool people and given the big support this idea has, I hope you will reconsider

Best wishes

Louise Baldock
Labour Councillor for Kensington and Fairfield (and I would love to see a mural here!)


Kensigton's Very own Old Dick said...

Shortly before my stint as the sixth Beatle, I was often compared to the "King" (Elvis Presley not the current Queen's Dad), this was due mainly to how I looked in the late fifties, especially after I had been away at sea to New York on the Cunard Liners. Me and Prezzer (my mate and fellow steward John Prescott) would often perform duets for the crew and the passengers. MY favourite was "old Shep", during which Prezzer would get dressed up in an old english sheep dog costume and I would croon this particular ditty before miming "the dispatching" of Old Shep, with a twelve bore, Happy days, I often wonder what happened to Prezzer and whether he ever opened that Pie and Mash shop he always went on about

JB said...

The murals will just be used by the council to hide the dereliction they've created.

Would it happen in Wavertree?

Do we want this kind of thing in Kensington - Edge Lane is edgey enough, thanks:

Louise Baldock said...


I cannot believe you are taking this line.

Have you not bothered to read any of the detail?

Why on earth would Liverpool communities come up with suggestions for murals based on Belfast politics?

I was thinking we might have a mural reflecting the Williamson Tunnels, or the day Buffallo Bill brought his wild west show to Kenny, or George Stephenson and the first passenger railway.

There is so much to celebrate

I do hope there is one in Wavertree, they could paint on my gable end only I live in a mid-terrace.

I am not aware that anyone said anything about covering over blight. You cant paint a mural on a falling down gable end, only on a preserved and stable one.

Just as an example, I am sure the kids at the Yellow House would jump at the chance of designing a mural and working with artists to achieve it.

The Culture Company have really missed the boat on this one, a real chance for local people to make their own art.

Louise Baldock said...

Stop press

I have had a note from the Culture Board people to say Phil has got my letter and asking me for my mobile number, watch this spot.

Old Dick (still waiting for the prostrate donour) said...

If you want to "bump" into Sir Phil of Grange Hill then Come down to ICDC and hang around the car park as he's there everyday plotting interesting things for Ringo to drum on (Jason Harborrows hollow noggins perhaps?)