Mural plan to brighten up 'dark and dirty' Alnwick alleyway

An unloved alleyway in Alnwick town centre could be given a makeover.

Thursday, 8th October 2020, 6:00 am

Plans are being drawn up to create murals in the ginnel between the Market Place and Fenkle Street.

“We feel it really lets Alnwick down, especially as it’s a main thoroughfare,” said Amanda Wooldridge at The Alnwick Gallery.

“It’s dark and dirty at the moment but we want to completely tidy it up and give it a facelift.

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Murals could be painted on an Alnwick alleyway to brighten it up.

"Alnwick had a phenomenal run from July to September after lockdown ended and I do think that has really put it on the map, but little things like this sometimes get missed.”

Planning permission would be required because it is a listed building but she has had ‘promising’ preliminary discussions with the relevant authorities.

With a view to it getting the green light, she has teamed up with Clarty Commandos to put on a children’s art workshop with artist Naomi Walker.

“I think it’s a really exciting project and could make that space look fantastic,” said Amanda. “It’s a blank canvas so there is a great opportunity to get creative.

A children's art workshop has been organised with a view to drawing murals in an Alnwick alleyway.

"In the longer term we would like to get local schools involved and look to change the murals every six months or so.

"Clarty Commandos is a great place for children to create stuff and doing art workshops in that environment should be good fun.”

The Alnwick branch of MKM has already agreed to provide materials.

The workshop will be held on Sunday, October 18 from 10am to 2pm with numbers limited to 10 due to coronavirus restrictions. To book, call 07444550801.

The ginnel between Market Place and Fenkle Street in Alnwick.

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