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Artists wanted to transform busy trio of subways in Plymouth

Three of Plymouth’s busiest subways will be creatively transformed with inspiring new murals that will showcase the city’s artistic talent.

The trio of underpasses greets walkers near the railway station at North Cross Roundabout – familiar to thousands as the route taken after stepping off the train platform.

The new murals are hoped to celebrate the beauty of Plymouth – its people, value and unique heritage and relationship with the water.

Artists are now being invited to apply for the project by Plymouth Culture, the organisation that supports creatives in the city.

Plymouth Culture is working with Plymouth City Council on the project, which will bring new life to an area while inspiring pride in our city.

Artists can apply by visiting https://plymouthculture.co.uk/north-cross/ where full details of the artist callout can be found including budget and timescales, alongside the application form.

Hannah Harris, CEO of Plymouth Culture, said: “This route is incredibly familiar for Plymouth people and visitors to our city.

“We want to reimagine this network of subways so that they not only brighten the area up but also show off our local talent and give everyone who walks the route an inspiring cultural encounter.

“We want artists who apply to think about what makes Plymouth an Ocean City – we want people to feel a sense of belonging and pride and an affection for our heritage and relationship with the water when they see it.

“We believe public art plays a crucial role in our cultural identity. We want to celebrate what makes Plymouth, Plymouth.”

Councillor Mark Lowry, city centre champion said: “We are committed to making the city centre brighter and better and murals are a great way to cheer up the walls of subways leading into the centre from the railway station. It’s a great opportunity for Plymouth artists to showcase their talent to an audience of thousands.  I can’t wait to see the results.”

North Cross roundabout was created in the early 1970s as part of the post-war rebuilding programme of Patrick Abercrombie and James Paton-Watson. It receives hundreds of Plymothians and visitors to the city every day, leading to Plymouth University, the city centre, the Hoe and Central Park. 

Creatives can apply via the Plymouth Culture website, where they will be asked to respond to the question: “What makes Plymouth Britain’s Ocean City?”

Find more information and application details at plymouthculture.co.uk/north-cross

For any additional information required or application support, please contact sabrina@plymouthculture.co.uk


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