Wallflower Project

Wednesday 16th August, 2017|Category: News

The Wallflower Project is a fantastic collaboration between local artists and will see a series of stunning murals painted around the city in the lead up to the Mayflower 400 celebrations. We will let the organiser Dr Jody Patterson, tell you all about this wonderful project and how you can get involved.

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:

A Crowdfunder campaign has now been launched to fund future murals, and for more information about how to get involved click here.