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Approximately 5,000 murals across the UK will be recorded, photographed, and added to a free public database as part of a three-year-initiative by the art education charity, Art UK.
Art UK announces its new exhibition. Made on February 6, said the murals that will be documented by volunteer researchers, photographers, and artists will include many painted works, as as well as sculpture murals made out of concrete, bricks and other materials.
Some of the work by the infamous Street Artist BanksyAccording to the project, The Art Newspaper. The Art UK database has already a photo of Escape Convict from Reading Gaol Spray-painted image of a prisoner escaping using typewriter paper spools. According to Art UKThe brick wall in Berkshire is allegedly showing “a depiction of Oscar Wilde who was incarcerated in Reading Gaol for two years in 1895.”
Art UK made a point of highlighting the importance of this in its announcement. “buildings and housing estates are demolished to make way for new developments meaning that many murals have been lost. We will record the murals as they look now, to provide a record if they are removed, defaced, or suffer environmental damage.”
Murals by Banksy often get press attention when damaged, defaced, or removed, as in the case of the 20-foot seagull in Suffolk, Valentine’s Day MascaraMargate, and Morning is BrokenA 500-year-old Kent farmhouse Demolished in MarchLast year.
You can also find out more about the following: Art NewspaperThe Art UK project is also expected to digitize many murals in Northern Ireland, but documenting them would require “particular sensitivity”Due to decades of “violent unrest between Catholic and Protestant communities, known as the Troubles”.
This three-year program will also include an array of programming, such as artists workshops and audio descriptions for blind or partially sighted individuals. The murals are a great way to get your message across.There are also learning resources for teachers, including trails.
Art UK’s project partners are CultureStreet, an educational film-making organization; and VocalEyes, a UK arts charity focused on identifying and removing barriers to access and inclusion for blind and partially sighted people.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), the Pilgrim Trust, and Historic England are funding the project which will run until December 2026.
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