Blue House, Hendon, Sunderland

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    Driving through Hendon last night I spotted a rather impressive new mural. It's subject is local lad and Sunderland footballing legend Raich Carter. Nearby, the local leisure centre and swimming pool is also named after him. The mural is on the gable end of The Blue House pub, named after the sports field alongside where Sunderland Football Club once played in their pre-Roker Park days. The mural is part of an art project called Grafters’ Gables, which is described as 'a unique mix of street art and storytelling: six massive murals, six stories, all featuring characters, locations and events from Hendon, Sunderland'. This particular mural is the work of Frank Styles, one of the best known street artists in the north east. He specialises in massive, photo-realistic murals, which he paints freehand (i.e. without using stencils). Frank also runs spray-painting classes, and will be delivering a free course as part of Grafters’ Gables. I spoke to Frank, who added: "The project is a local storey-telling exercise and there are going to be a number of prominent murals appearing shortly. If the weather stays fine, I hoping to finish the Raich Carter mural this weekend." Grafters’ Gables is funded by Arts Council England, Sunderland City Council, and Community First." rel="noreferrer nofollow"> PS Shame about the competition from the advertising billboard. Surely Clear Channel could help by moving their advertising space just a little to the left and the mural given the full space it deserves. After all, they are certainly going to benefit from the extra number of gazes from passers-by that the mural is bound to create!
  • Owner

    DM Allan
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    Flickr (Flickr)
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    What does this mean? All Rights Reserved (Seek permission to reuse)
  • Further information

    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Splat
    Last modified: 1 year, 2 months ago
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    Picture Taken: 2015-04-10T19:05:21
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