Museum to be brought to life with new street art mural

Blank Wall Assassins, the leading force that has continuously placed Carlisle on the worldwide street art scene, have brought one of France’s leading muralists, Atma, to the rotunda at Tullie House. 

This new piece will add to the rich tapestry of public art within the city walls and build the extensive list of works on Carlisle’s street art trail

Atma has previously painted on impressive locations including the William Morris Gallery, the National Postal Museum and for London Borough Council in Bethnal Green.

Atma’s bright, bold and colourful artwork is a collision of cultures, telling the story of the people involved in its creation.

Ben Heslop, one of Blank Wall Assassins’ directors said: “Teaming up with Tullie really adds gravity to this piece and all others on the trail, as Carlisle’s leading cultural institution it’s great to see them celebrate the power of contemporary public art.” 

READ MORE: Carlisle street art pieces named in top 100 list by Street Art Cities

Atma will run workshops at Tullie engaging with people living in Carlisle from different countries including Ukraine, Taiwan, Eritrea, and Syria. 

News and Star: New mural will be added to Carlisle street art trail, which includes Tymon de Laat's girl from Laos and Smug's Belatucadros on the city's West WallsNew mural will be added to Carlisle street art trail, which includes Tymon de Laat’s girl from Laos and Smug’s Belatucadros on the city’s West Walls (Image: NQ)

These conversations and creative sessions will shape Atma’s final design, as he takes influence from their different backgrounds, cultural traditions, and artistic influences. 

This project has been made possible through the Shared Prosperity Fund funding secured by Blank Wall Assassins after recognition of their successful street art festival last year. 

Cumberland Council granted building consent for this exciting installation, which will permanently reside on the north face of the building.

Anna Smalley, head of collections and engagement at Tullie said: “Adding a bold piece of public art on the exterior of the museum is another step towards our ambitions to become a buzzing cultural hub in the heart of the city. 

“We love what Blank Wall Assassins are bringing to Carlisle and are so excited to become part of that scene,” she said. 

Atma will be working at Tullie between May 8 – 17,  and people are very welcome to come down and watch him in action as the artwork comes to life.

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