Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, along with the help of Specialist Youth Services and a professional street artist, is working with five young people aged between 16-18 who are in touch with the Youth Offending Service to design and paint a mural on the wall in the underpass which connects the museum to Carlisle Castle.
Leading up the design work is street artist Sandy Duff, who has worked with a number of arts and cultural venues across the North East. He runs the ‘CoMusica Arches’ project which specialises in working with young people out of education, training and employment.
The youngsters will work with Sandy for four days developing their skills and planning a design which will link the museum collections to the city’s history and culture. Once the design has been created they will transfer their designs onto the wall with the help of Sandy.
Due to the broad theme, the young offenders will take ownership of the project by exploring the museum collections. It is intended to feature Carlisle’s sky-line which mimics the modern frontiers display in the Tullie House Roman Frontier Gallery.
Catherine Moss-Luffrum, Community and Young people Coordinator at Tullie House welcomes the project with open arms. “We are extremely delighted to be working with the city’s Specialist Youth Services on this mural which will brighten up the Tullie House subway. We aim to develop the young people whilst encouraging them to take pride in their city’s art and culture.”
The mural is due to be completed on Friday 28th October, when members of the public will be able to view the design for themselves.Suzanne Manuel