The Bellingham railway tunnel mural is on the busy Waterlink cycle route and Riverwalk. I’ve been planning this public artwork with Youth First youth group since last year. In February half term 2018, I ran a drawing workshop with the youth group kids to generate ideas about urban animals. From their drawings – I’m a professional illustrator and designer, I created a design for the outer walls, inside the tunnel and the outer arches, approx. 80m2. The theme is nature, because it is a major entry point to an important green space in a very built up area.
Youth First also helped me paint the outer walls successfully, and we will fill the inside of the tunnel with colour in May half term. Our aim is to transform a dark, unfriendly tunnel into a bright, colourful artwork, to build connection with this local site – so please visit.