It might be called the Lamb and the Flag, but Nuneaton Pub now houses creatures of all shapes and sizes on its walls thanks to some stunning new street art.
The exterior of the Church Street pub has been transformed into what has been described as a ‘magical world’ depicting everything from incredible underwater images of fish to birds, foxes and squirrels.
It is an original idea of ââthe Reel People Community Group which is involved in a street art strategy supported by Coventry City of Culture 2021.
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Some of the best street performers in the country – Peter Sheriden from Chester and Phil Blake, n4t4, wingy, Peachezz and Steve Edwards from Midlands – decorated an entire side of the pub.
The mural is a symbol of positivity after the pandemic and follows the massive ‘Thank the NHS’ urban art festival held at the Griff and Coton Sports Club.
James Bennett, director of the Reel People Community Group, said: “I think the wall is absolutely exceptional. It is really good that street art is now appearing in every part of the city.”
He said he grew up near the pub, still lives nearby and loved to walk past and see the amazing artwork.
âPeople absolutely love the pieces, I haven’t had any negative feedback and it has also allowed us to open up many other walls for future projects,â he said.
“This means that we can continue our mission to add color, vibrancy and creativity to the city.”
He paid tribute to the artists for their talent and creativity, as well as the âIn paint we trustâ program for helping to finance the project.
“It is an honor to be involved in the CitÃ© de la Culture, it is a unique opportunity and if someone had told me ten years ago when we started this journey which would be part of it I would would be pinched, “he explained.
He also thanked Kev Fallows and the pub team for being accommodating while the artists created the walls, as well as Nathan Parker and Chris Allen for their support.
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It complements what has been a summer of street art, including the famous ‘Three Lions’ wall on the Bull Ring.
And there is more to come, with a huge mural that will be created on the side of the old Bull and Spice in Attleborough and N4t4 will also produce a ‘Transforming Nuneamural’ that will showcase the city’s heritage and its future.
âIt’s onward and upward now,â added James.
“We want to try to build as many walls as possible over the next two years in preparation for the big festival that we will be hosting again in 2023. It has been an absolutely amazing summer and I would just like to thank everyone for my wonderful community which helped, participated or supported any event or wall we did. “
Businesses wanting artwork on their building should contact 07976 591237 or leave a message on Reel People – by James on Facebook.
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