North Lanarkshire councillors agree to Banksy-style street art in communities

Could North Lanarkshire be home to new Banksy-style murals?

Members of North Lanarkshire Council have backed a motion noting the importance of street art and calling for more pieces to be created in its communities by school pupils and local artists.

The motion, which was submitted by Progressive Change North Lanarkshire councillors was inspired by the recent Banksy exhibition at Glasgow Modern Art Gallery and went unopposed with no amendments being submitted when it was presented at a full council meeting.

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One of those councillors to submit the motion was Murdostoun elected member Cameron McManus along with Progressive Change NL colleague Barry McCluskey.

Speaking to Lanarkshire Live this week, Councillor McManus said: “If you go through places like Glasgow you see fantastic street art .

“There is a terrific one of Billy Connolly and if you go to the West End you see some great murals to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“They are eye-catching and can be inspiring for young people.

Cammie McManus
Cammie McManus

“What the motion is doing is try and lift some of the gloom around our communities and get young artists involved.”

The motion was given unanimous backing from elected members at last week’s full council meeting.

It states that the council will work with young people and community boards in order to create the designs.

The motion read: “North Lanarkshire Council acknowledges the recent art exhibition hosted by the Glasgow Modern Art Gallery showing street art by Banksy.

Neil Adams' epic shot of the Billy Connolly mural in Glasgow
Neil Adams’ epic shot of the Billy Connolly mural in Glasgow

“Council recognised the effect street art can have on people’s mental health, the benefit to local areas and the vibrant and colourful characteristics it can bring to communities.

“The council will work with local community councils, residents’ groups and local primary and secondary schools via the community boards to help highlight potential sites for localised street art. Council will also work with local artists interested in creating murals and displays via the community board.”

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