Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Royal Hotel Wall #1: Call for Artists

This is the initial sketch for the hotel piece, which is a beach scene featuring Weston locals, notables, and landmarks. The piece would be done with perspective, so that the front characters would be life size, creating a mural that almost interacts with people passing by on the small pavement.

The project would be headed up by local artist Adam Mclevey. We are opening up the project to a much larger number of artists. Each artist is asked to contribute to the piece, choosing from a list of people or items that should go in the mural. Everyone should add these in their own style, so the overall piece will be diverse, colourful, and interesting. Some of the artists aim for photo-realism, while others work in a more 'cartoon' style. By having artists work to their own style, we will avoid the downfall of many murals in which artists are expected to work to a group style that doesn't suit their own talents.

Longer term, we think that this type of piece can be a great attraction -- it'll have a Sgt. Pepper's effect, in which people will have a guessing game about who everyone is; people can use it as a photo opportunity; people who have been included in the mural can be invited to some sort of event when the painting is completed.

Below is a preliminary list of notables, mostly pulled from Wiki entries. Each artist should send an email to Jen (jenbarnett252[at]gmail.com) with their top three preferences, and the size they want to work at. (The range will be from life size to A5, with some ‘filler’ characters possible at smaller sizes.)

If you have a suggestion for other inclusions, please feel free to include these in your preference lists. The list below is by no means exhaustive, and there will be plenty of room for more characters.

  • A. V. Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Hillsborough
  • Jeffrey Archer
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • John Cleese
  • Roald Dahl
  • Jill Dando
  • Arthur Stanley Eddington
  • Rupert Graves
  • Bob Hope
  • Sean Martin
  • Mandy Miller
  • Con O'Neill
  • John Oldmixon
  • Dr Sir John Polkinghorne
  • Hans Price
  • Paulo Radmilovic
  • Gareth Taylor
  • Peter Trego
  • Sir Joseph Bazelgette
  • Eugenius Birch
  • George Bodley
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel
  • George Cumberland
  • James Dredge
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Dr Edward Long Fox
  • Francis Fox
  • Cecil Howitt
  • Deborah Kerr
  • Keith Floyd
  • Henry Butt
  • Sinking mud signs
  • Donkeys
  • Gull
  • Red Arrows
  • Helicopter
  • RNLI boat
  • Seaside amusement stuff
  • Bristol Queen or other boats

More information about Weston, the area, and people can be found on Wikipedia and at these sites:

North Somerset Museum

Weston History

Weston Family History Society

The Royal Hotel

The work on this will begin in the next few weeks, and we'll need a few artists to help putting in the background image (the wall itself is 65 feet long by 9 ft high), which will have to go in before some of the figures get added.

When you email with your preferences, please let me know what dates/days of the week you're available to paint.

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