Local artist Kevin Cantwell has completed the next mural in the Paisley First Walls Series at Lady Lane.Pictured left to right – Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron, Sharon Breen of Co-op Funeralcare, Paisley First BID Manager Andrew Mitchell, David Eagle of Co-op Funeralcare, Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson and artist Kevin Cantwell
This stunning work 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.
David Eagle, Regional Operations Manager for Co-op Funeralcare who own the wall which now proudly displays the mural, 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 delighted with it as we are.’’
Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said: “Kevin is a well-known artist in Paisley whose commissions are always popular thanks to the level of detail in his work and the same rings true at Lady Lane, it really is beautiful.”
“We were delighted to be able to bring a mural to Lady Lane, it’s really important that the benefit of these murals is spread throughout the whole town centre.”
Artist Kevin Cantwell said: “It’s been fantastic to see the murals appear, they really do 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.
Jean Cameron, Project Director of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, said: “We are delighted to be working with Paisley First to create these stunning murals through the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.”
“One of the key aims of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is to showcase the creative talent within the town and highlight Paisley’s unique story to residents and visitors alike. The latest mural at Lady Lane by popular local artist Kevin Cantwell does just that.”
“The existing murals in the town are fantastic examples of how culture can brighten up our everyday surroundings and I believe this new artwork will help encourage people to explore the amazing sights around Paisley.”
This is 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.