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Second Paint Preston mural unveiled at back of city centre pub

Posted on - 11th March, 2022 - 3:20pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, People, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Proud Preston
Mural at the back of the Black A Moor Head pub Pic: Garry Cook
The mural depicts a haul of memories or a baggage of a move Pic: Garry Cook

The second Preston Paint mural paying homage to the city has been unveiled at the back of the Black A Moor Head pub in Old Vicarage Street.

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The city centre mural created by Chris Dorning has been described as his most personal work to date, celebrating memories of the artist’s life in Preston after he moved to Ulverston to start a new art business ‘Still Life’.

Dorning’s diverse portfolio includes commissions for Netflix and New Balance and his previous installations in Preston include a large-scale mural on Adelphi Street that has now been knocked down, as well as numerous fun installations with fellow artists on the side of the Ships and Giggles pub.

Paint Preston is a collaborative street art project that was created in 2021 by Ben Rutherford, Gavin Renshaw and Garry Cook.

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Preston-born Dorning produced the mural with the aim of connecting people in the city.

He said: “I was so happy when Ben from Paint Preston asked if I’d like to contribute and produce a mural in the city.

“Even though I’m no stranger to painting large-scale murals of all kinds, being asked to do a self-briefed piece or art in your own town felt really exciting and it gave me a chance to create something personal that will hopefully connect with the people of Preston.

Artist Chris Dorning and his mural at the back of the Black A Moor Head pub Pic: Garry Cook
Chris – The Cunning Craftsman – and his mural at the back of the Black A Moor Head pub Pic: Garry Cook

“The mural itself is a homage to Preston. As I moved to Ulverston in September, it depicts an unfinished sculpture of a character hauling his fondest bits of Preston, like mementos. There are parts of Avenham Park where I have run, walked my dogs, played with my family and basked in the summer sun for many years. 

“There’s also the Elk skeleton from the Harris Museum and two paintings that kept me inspired when I visited the Harris while at college; one by Lubaina Himid and the other by Charles Spencelayh and, of course… pigeons.”

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Many on social media have expressed their delight to see more artwork being produced in the city.

The mural and the side of the Black A Moor Head pub Pic: Garry Cook
The mural is at the back of the Black A Moor Head pub Pic: Garry Cook

Ralph Heron said: “I think street art like this certainly brightens up dark corners.”

Jeanette Despard said: “I started working this week at the building opposite so very fortunate to see this being created.”

The Paint Preston project is expanding, with organisers looking for new walls to host two further murals that are planned for the first phase.

If you are a city centre business owner with a suitable wall to display a mural, get in touch with the team at paintpreston2021@gmail.com.


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