Art goes underground

Underpass artwork

A busy underpass in Aigburth has become the latest art gallery in Liverpool.

The underpass links either sides Aigburth Road from Jericho Lane to Ashfield Road has been brightened with a community artwork, depicting scenes and memories of Aigburth, produced by local artist Nicola Taggart.

Nicola, who was also recently responsible for a community artwork project in Speke to celebrate Jack Jones’ centenary, carried out a number of workshops in the area which involved working alongside local residents groups and Sudley School to gather ideas including personal memories of the area which formed part of the content for the artwork.

The idea behind the artwork was initiated by neighbourhood officer Gary Steele
with the backing of local Councillor Patrick Hurley. The three ward councillors made a commitment through their Neighbourhood Fund to proceed with the project.

Additional financial contributions came from Your Housing Group and Pier Head Housing Association, with the installation of the artwork being carried out by social enterprise Jigsaw.

In addition to the artwork being fitted, the walls and ceiling of the underpass, which had been blighted by graffiti in the past, also received a repaint in advance of the installation.

Councillor Hurley said: “The subway has been in a bad way for too long, and I’m hopeful that by improving lighting and security, and by getting the local community involved in creating some superb artwork for the subway walls, it will be a better used and safer environment for local people.”

Pictured: Nicola Taggart with the artwork in the underpass.