I’ve had a long but fun day working in my local shopping centre working with shoppers to help re-create a painting by L.S. Lowry!
We set up easels, mini canvases and acrylic paints and invited people to have a go at painting sections of ‘Coming from the Mill’ by Lowry. There were 63 sections in total, which were placed together like a jigsaw puzzle to create the entire painting. The finished artwork will be exhibited at The Lowry in Salford Quays next to the original painting from next week. To see an image of the original, click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/coming-from-the-mill-162324
I worked alongside artist Tasha Whittle, staff from the BBC and also The Lowry to help make the painting happen. It was an interesting space to place an art activity and there were certainly lots of enthusiastic painters. Some spent up to an hour having a go, and many got really into it. I don’t think I’ll forget the experience of a group of us cleaning a load of acrylic filled palettes and brushes in the Arndale toilets, in front of a big queue of shoppers though!
Your Paintings is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation and participating collections, galleries and museums across the UK. It encourages people to take an interest in painting and also promotes the UK’s national collection – some 212,000 oil paintings.
For more information about the project click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/