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Paisley artist begins work on next Paisley First mural at Lady Lane

Local artist Kevin Cantwell has been chosen to take charge of the next mural in the Paisley First Walls Series at Lady Lane.

Kevin’s design was judged to have met the brief for the wall at the side of the Co-op Funeralcare premises and perfectly encapsulated the spirit and tone that the wall owners were looking for.

The concept incorporates a tree with roots, the Paisley pattern and butterflies – all signifying birth and roots and re-birth, as well as a small marker to the slug in the bottle.

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said:” Kevin is a well-known and well respected artist in Paisley whose painted lions for the Pride of Paisley proved very popular thanks to the level of detail in his work.”

“We are all looking forward to seeing Kevin’s winning design come to life at Lady Lane.”

“It’s really important that the benefit of these murals is spread throughout the whole town centre and we hope this will encourage people to take a closer look at all Paisley has to offer.”

David Eagle, Regional Operations Manager for Co-op Funeralcare said: “We were delighted when our funeral home was identified as the next location for a mural and it’s been great to be involved with such an inspiring community project.”

‘’Community is at the heart of Co-op and we’re always happy to support such incredible local talent. The mural truly represents the roots of Paisley and we hope the residents are as pleased with it as we are.’’

Artist Kevin Cantwell, who has already commenced work at the site, said: “It feels great to be selected to complete the artwork for this mural.”

“It’s been fantastic to see the murals appear, they really add to the vibrancy of the town.”

“It’s always great to see art bringing happiness to people and making them smile.”

The Paisley First Walls Series  is part-funded with a grant through Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We are delighted to be working with Paisley First to create these murals through the Culture Heritage and Events Fund. The project is part of the push towards Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.”

“The existing murals are great examples of how culture can brighten up our everyday surroundings, and this design is another which helps show off Paisley’s unique story to residents and visitors alike.”

This will be the fourth mural in the Paisley First Walls Series with the town’s Johnston Street, Storie Street and Lawn Street already boasting artworks which are attracting visitors to the town.