Totally Stockport Magazine Issue 15

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Stockport Murals A palette of vibrant artwork lights up the town centre


tockport’s historic Underbanks area has been brought to life with a collection of fantastic murals.

Totally Stockport teamed up with the National Lottery Heritage Fund to add a variety of street art installations and a wealth of colour to the town centre. The artists, selected through a tender process, were asked to create designs that connect to the history as well as outstanding works of art to attract

visitors and generate greater awareness of the much- anticipated regeneration of the Underbanks. Four artists were selected, including both local artists as well as internationally renowned street art creators: Head over to Royal Oak Yard and be amazed by local artist Qubek’s nod to the Mersey, Robinson’s brewery, Winters famous clock. The Stockport Moth by Paintsmith was part funded by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust and chosen to highlight the importance of overnight pollinators for a wide range of flowers and plants like the barley plant, fundamental in the brewing process. Hop over to Robinson’s Visitors Centre when you seek out The Moth located in the brewery yard, best seen from higher up Lower Hillgate. Jimi Hendrix, created by Otto Schade, overlooks Chestergate from the site of the former caretakers flat at Merseyway. Otto’s installation focuses on the Underbanks’ musical past and pays homage to Jimi Hendrix, who played at the Sinking Ship Club located on Royal Oak Yard in 1967. Shop Small, Love Local by local artist Emily Flanagan (brightens up the window arches under St. Petersgate Bridge. Emily studied Art and Design at Stockport College and is known for her signature art style, consisting of big eared characters teamed with bold shapes and contrasting colours.

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