28 On Now

Follow The Light / Keep Growing Keep Going

23rd Jul 2021
Project Details
Categories
  • Place
Creative Team
  • Producer: Rhyannon Parry
  • Heart of Glass Artist in Residence and Project Facilitator: Michelle Wren
  • Lead Artists: Nomad Clan: Jay Gilleard and Hayley Garner
  • Creative Directors: Residents of Parr
  • Torus Foundation: Kate Shone, Cathrine Brooks

Paying homage to Parr's proud history and looking towards its future

We've brought together residents in Parr, St Helens and internationally acclaimed street art duo Nomad Clan to design two murals, reflecting their area's rich industrial heritage and its strong community spirit.

The designs for the project were developed through workshops with local residents. These workshops were led by Nomad Clan and Heart of Glass artist-in-residence, Michelle Wren, with funding and support from the Torus Foundation.

Two murals have been designed from this period of collaborative research and story gathering. Both filmic and dreamlike, one mural depicts an illuminated lantern, a nod to the area’s industrial heritage, with moths all around. Opposite, a second mural depicts the head of a young person surrounded by a cloud of colourful motifs.

We Follow The Light mural by Nomad Clan. A large wall is painted a mural depicting a gloved hand holding an old industrial lamp. The lamp glows orange and attracts moths towards it. To the side of this image are the words 'Carry the torch of your ancestors'

In the heart of Parr, the murals are situated across the road from Derbyshire Hill Family Centre, on the opposing walls of Wisesy's corner shop and Barbara's Hairdressers.

Derbyshire Hill Family Centre, Wisesy's and Barbara's are one organisation and two businesses owned - and run - by local residents for the benefit of their community.

About the murals, Nomad Clan say:

"The message the two murals share is how the past and present interlink, and the bonds we have with ancestors and relatives shape our futures.

It’s a great honor to be painting Parr's very first public murals, our hearts are set on celebrating the beautiful community spirit and unshakable endurance we have observed here.

We think it's important that places like Parr hold these stories and histories and look forward to the new generation by illuminating the magical parts of Parr, which are often overlooked but create a sense of wonderment for residents and surrounding areas of St Helens."