Street art project honouring Morecambe's history well under way

Work has begun on a graffiti makeover of Morecambe town centre paying tribute to the resort's storied past.

Tuesday, 23rd February 2016, 3:34 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd February 2016, 4:35 pm
'The Sands and Seas' painting is being created on the side of the old Victoria public house on Victoria Street, Morecambe.

Artists will paint and draw on the side of buildings in Victoria Street as part of the ‘Victoria Street Press’ project.

The first piece of artwork is being produced on the side of the former ‘Vic’ public house.

Morecambe artist Kate ‘Sundae’ Drummond and Sheffield graffiti artists Faunagraphic and Rocket01 began work last week on a bright and bold painting called ‘The Sands and Seas’.

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Artist Kate 'Sundae' Drummond at work on the Victoria Street Press graffiti project.

Elena Gifford, from project co-ordinators Deco Publique, said: “We’ve had really good feedback with lots of people coming past to say how amazing it is to see things happening in Morecambe.”

Artists from Morecambe, London, Manchester, Kendal and Sheffield have teamed up to produce works that tell a story about Morecambe’s heritage.

Six pieces of artwork will be installed on buildings in Victoria Street during February and March, weather permitting.

The next piece of art will transform the windows of the former St Laurence’s Church and pay tribute to Morecambe’s fairground and illuminations heritage.

Artist Kate 'Sundae' Drummond at work on the Victoria Street Press graffiti project.

Morecambe artist Shane Johnstone is due to begin work on the church artwork next week.

Also part of the project is a mural by London illustrator Ben Tallon to acknowledge the achievements of Morecambe motorcycle ace John McGuiness. This will soon adorn the side of Colin Brown hairdressers.

Victoria Street Press is funded by the Portas Pilot Project.

The project coincides with renovation work on the former Visitor newspaper office on Victoria Street to transform it into a centre of excellence for blind and visually impaired people, and a Lancaster City Council upgrade of nearby streets and public spaces.