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Chasing pavements…

20 October 2008 by Lisa

A chalk drawing on a pavement, of a woman and two children

Art attack: brightening up Ropewalks Square

It was Saturday. I had just finished watching ace band, Long Finger Bandits (painted faces, blues guitar, trumpets) at the Atelier Bow Wow Rockscape, when I saw these pavement artists at work. Taking over the whole of Ropewalks Square (that bit between Bold St and FACT) they were using pastels to create colourful masterpieces, despite the rather rubbish weather.

It turns out that this was part of something called the Carling Pavement Art Competition, named after a 19th century pavement artist called James William Carling. He used to ‘screeve’ chalks and pastels onto the pavements of Liverpool to earn money.

There were quite a range of artworks, from contemporary to more classic styles. One artist was doing an interpretation of ‘Portrait of Mrs Catherine Smith Gill and two of her children’, byTissot, (pictured here) which we have here at the Walker Art Gallery.

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