Wallflower Project

Sunday 8th October, 2017|Category: News

Local artists have teamed up with Plymouth University to create visually stunning pieces that will remain for years to come. With one mural completed and four more to go, it’s going to make a wonderful trail around the city! The project will add another feature for guests and visitors to enjoy whilst exploring Britain’s Ocean City during the Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020.

We will let the organiser Dr Jody Patterson, tell you all about this wonderful project and how you can get involved. The Wallflower Project website is almost near completion, but to stay updated in the meantime click here to visit the projects Facebook page.

In 2020, a series of cultural projects will help Plymouth commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s sailing to America.

Now a group of artists have unveiled their contribution to the celebrations, creating pieces of public art which explore aspects of the city’s history and bring them to a new audience.

The Wallflower Project is the brainchild of of Dr Jody Patterson, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Plymouth, and art collective Loci, which is made up of graduates from the University’s Fine Art programme.

It will see a series of murals created across the city between now and 2020, in conjunction with heritage and community groups and furthering Plymouth’s burgeoning identity as a city of culture.

Work is currently underway on the first mural, which is titled The Seafarer – The Eager of Spirit, the Heart to Travel and engages the theme of transatlantic journeys during the 400-year period since the Mayflower.

It is being painted on an exterior wall of The Cooperage building in Royal William Yard, and will be unveiled ahead of the Plymouth Art Weekender from September 23-25.

Dr Patterson, whose research focuses on the cultural significance of public art, said:

The Seafarer – The Eager of Spirit, the Heart to Travel measures around 10metres in height, and has been designed by members of Loci in conjunction with Fine Art lecturers Martin Brooks and Stephen Berry. It depicts a range of historical and nautical themes, with many of the colours taken from existing features within Royal William Yard.

Llyr Davies, who graduated from the BA (Hons) Fine Art course in 2015, is a member of the Loci collective and overseeing the work. He said:

The project is being supported by Plymouth Culture, which is involved in preparations for the city’s Mayflower 400 celebrations and seeks to uncover emerging talent and engage the community with culture projects.

Dominic Jinks, Executive Director of Plymouth Culture, said:

James Pascoe, Events Manager at Royal William Yard, added:

We look forward to sharing updates with you as we receive them and cannot wait to see what the future holds for this exciting project!