Free art work on the streets of Walton

Alsop High School Year 10 pupil Alex Birkett works on artwork for the Mark It Festival
Alsop High School Year 10 pupil Alex Birkett works on artwork for the Mark It Festival

More than 50 pieces of free art work are to be left around Walton in Liverpool as part of a special festival.

‘Mark It – Liverpool Street Art Festival’ is running a Free Art Friday event on 28 November which will see artists from the local area and all over Merseyside donating pieces – which will be placed on County Road and inside local shops and bars to be loved and cherished by new owners.

It will include paintings, photography, sculptures, stencil art work and other objects of interest. Each piece will be tagged with the Free Art logo, and details about the work and the artist will be included on the back.

Free Art Friday is a global event set up as an antidote to Black Friday to encourage people to stop shopping for one day and instead leave items on the streets where they could find a new home.

The project is being run by Pamela Sullivan from Mark It and Kieran Gorman from Zap Graffiti Arts with support from the Mary Portas High Street Innovation Fund.

Local Councillor Roy Gladden, who is chair of the local Mary Portas Innovation Fund, said: “The group of artists we have been working with are passionate about taking art out on the streets to enjoy.

“We are encouraging people to explore the County Road area and identify unique pieces of artwork which they can give a good home to.”

Co-ordinator of Liverpool Street Artist Festival, Pamela Sullivan, said: “We are really excited about this festival and hope that people come out on to the streets to look for artwork that that they can take home with them.

“I would like to thank all of the artists who have contributed pieces of work and I hope that people who choose to take pieces of the artwork give them a good home and love and cherish them for a long time to come.”

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