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LIFE in one of Britain's most important fishing ports has been landed in a mural.
The giant piece of art to illustrate the heritage of North Shields Fish Quay has brightened up life for locals in the port.
The 150ft work, commissioned by Find Your Talent – a Government-run programme aimed at enhancing cultural opportunities for young people – involved a group of five students from North Shields YMCA.
Shop owners in the area contributed to the ideas behind the theme of the artwork, which was painted along the boards of a derelict piece of land.
Paul Martin, Find Your Talent delivery officer, said: “There are three main aims we want to achieve.
“Firstly, we want graffiti art to be seen in a positive light.
By using modern graffiti techniques and mixing it with local history, we are hoping to produce a beautiful mural.
“Secondly, we want the huge artwork to be a celebration of the history of the North Shields Fish Quay.
“And finally, we would like the final artwork to be used as an educational tool.
“Pupils will be able to come and visit, and by using graffiti, hopefully students and the wider community will be able to engage more with the past.”
A team of four professional artists, along with the YMCA students, painted imagery such as boats, fishing nets, and other scenes inspired by the area’s rich history.
The work took place over three days, finishing last night. The graffiti art comes after a 250ft mural was painted in Jarrow last year to commemorate the area’s history.
“We want the mural to stay up as long as possible,” said Paul.
“The company that owns the derelict piece of land has done nothing with it for two years and has said it has no plans for the site in the near future.
“Even if it is the case that the boarding will be taken down, we’d like to find a permanent home for the mural for the North Shields community to enjoy long into the future.”
Find Your Talent is a joint initiative between the Department for Education and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Established across the UK in 2008, it aims to help young people to get involved in music and the arts.