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New mural on Liverpool waterfront celebrates City's culture

A new mural on Liverpool's waterfront has been unveiled, celebrating the City's sporting, artistic, comedic and dramatic talent. Created by artist Joseph Venning, the mural at ACC Liverpool is designed to highlight the figures from different eras who have defined the City's cultural life. The mural has been funded by Liverpool BID Company's Art and Culture Fund and has been developed by ACC Liverpool and dot-art.

Stretching 40m, and 2 metres high, the mural can be seen by visitors as they arrive at the ACC Liverpool, next to the Pullman Hotel and Exhibition Centre Liverpool. With a design inspired by Sir Peter Blake's eye catching collage style, evoking his iconic Sergeant Pepper album sleeve, the mural depicts a wide range of cultural figures, from George Stubbs to Holly Johnson.

The artwork is divided into 5 key themes; music, sport, comedy, drama, and visual art. Figures from each field are depicted in the artworks. The 1st section depicts Liverpool's rich music history, celebrating the faces of well known artists like Sir Paul McCartney to The Las and Spice Girl Mel C. Famous venues like Eric's and nation are also included. The comedy section is a nod to Liverpool's famous sense of humour, with the late Paul O'Grady's iconic Lily Savage depicted alongside Sir Ken Dodd and John Bishop. The visual art collection includes:- Little Girl Giant, Sir Antony Gormley's Another Place at Crosby Beach, George Stubbs and Sir Peter Blake's Dazzle Ferry. The Drama section references Liverpool's theatres and stage talent, including Stephen Graham, Jodie Comer, Kim Cattrell alongside the City's literary greats including:- Frank Cottrell Boyce and Beryl Bainbridge. Sports covers talents from Beth Tweddle to boxing legends Natasha Jonas and John Conteh.

Gemma McLoughlin is Executive Assistant, Projects at ACC Liverpool said:- "It is a priority for us to ensure the ACC Liverpool campus adds value to our local community by promoting happiness and wellbeing, with art firmly at the core. We developed the idea for a mural that celebrated our City and its people to enrich the urban space. We were thrilled when our application for arts and culture funding was successful, allowing us to work with local, independent gallery dot-art and artist Joe Venning on the installation. Seeing the finished mural so lively and larger than life is wonderful and it really elevates our campus welcome. Art really does have the potential to influence the way we think and feel and It's clear to see it is already having a positive effect on visitors. We see people spend ages there, admiring all the different elements and taking pictures and selfies. Joe has done a fantastic job of capturing the City's diverse achievements, creating a truly inspirational piece of art that will undoubtedly be admired by many for years to come."

Joe Venning is the artist and said:- "The idea of this design was to create a wall that is a celebration of Liverpudlians. It highlights diverse achievements in various fields, to both visitors to the City and locals alike; hopefully inspiring them to think 'If they can do it, so can I. Highlights of the painting process include being tapped on the shoulder by Natasha Jonas to thank me for including her, and discovering, courtesy of Lady Anne Dodd, that I had placed Ken Dodd between 1 of his key influences, Arthur Askey, and Paul O'Grady, who always credited Ken as 1 of his heroes!"

Lady Dodd, added:- "Joe has done a wonderful job bringing Ken to life and what is incredible is that he placed him right between his own hero Arthur Askey and the lovely Paul O'Grady who told me himself that Ken was his comedy hero. All his family would watch Doddy's TV specials and the house would ring with laughter and Ken's Knotty Ash inspired him to create his own fantasy world around the little fishing village of Birkenhead where Lily Savage lived"

Lucy Byrne is from dot-art and said:- "We were over the moon to be asked to work on this large scale work in such a prominent position, which we hope will soon become a local landmark! Joe was the perfect artist for this mural and has turned a nondescript wall into an inspiring cultural welcome to the ACC site."

Bill Addy is CEO of Liverpool BID Company and commented:- "We are delighted to be able to support this incredible work. It is a fitting tribute to the cultural talent that has put Liverpool on the map and makes life here as rich, warm and entertaining as it is. This is such a vibrant project that really fulfils the missions of our Arts and Culture Fund, helping to attract visitors and provide a point of interest on the waterfront."

Prints of the mural will be available to buy soon at:- Dot-Art.Co.UK.

Find out more about the Ken Dodd Charitable Foundation in the group's Facebook Page.

Letters to Editor:- "Deep concern about the ongoing plight of Britain's elderly"

"WE are writing to express our deep concern about the ongoing plight of Britain's elderly citizens and to urge your readership to support a critical initiative aimed at addressing this pressing issue. The Government have been discussing raising the State pension age to 71, while both they and the DWP, are now referring to the State pension as a benefit, thus inferring that they may take it away at any time. These Government decisions will drastically affect the ongoing plight of Britain's elderly citizens, and tomorrows youth when they are old. At the heart of our concern is how badly our pensioners are treated in this country, they are simply not revered, they are made to live on a very low State pension, a pension that for over 4 decades has left our elderly population struggling to make ends meet, on a meagre income equivalent to just 17% of the basic 'living wage.' This paltry sum forces millions of pensioners to rely on insulting and degrading means tested handouts to get by on, with ever increasing utility bills, and food prices. Due to the low savings threshold level to claim, pensioners only have to be 1 penny over the threshold, and they get nothing. There are too many poverty traps within the means test system, the low State pension together with the means test system, are both unjust and unacceptable in a society that prides itself on a set of civilised values. The time has come for a fundamental re-evaluation of our State pension provision here in the UK. From the outset, the State must prioritise the payment of a decent level of basic State pension to all our elderly folk, present and future. This should be the number 1 priority for any party seeking to govern our country. Pensioners, have contributed to the prosperity of this nation over the course of their lives, and they deserve to share in the fruits of their labour. They should not be left to languish on a very low State pension in their old age, deprived of the dignity and security they have earned through decades of economic contributions, hard work and dedication. Our demands go beyond economic considerations, they go to the very essence of what it means to be a civilised society. A nation that respects its elders, that honours the wisdom and experience of its older citizens, is a nation that upholds the values of compassion, empathy, and social justice. We are none of these things, when in the 21st century we should be. Furthermore, it is imperative that we fully fund community and social care for the aged, without resorting to means testing. The State, using income taxpayers' money, can and must afford this expenditure. Our elderly population deserves access to high quality care and support services that enable them to live with dignity and independence in their later years. Any other finances, other than their State pension, that our Senior citizens might have, is of no business to the Government, or the DWP. What we are saying goes beyond mere economic considerations, it upholds the very essence of what it means to be a civilised society. A nation that recognises we all have to get old, that respects old age in general, respects its elders, that honours the wisdom and experience of its older citizens, is a nation that upholds the values of compassion, empathy, and social justice. We urge your readers to join us in advocating for a fair and equitable basic State pension that reflects the values of our society. By signing the online petition at:- Petition.Parliament.UK/Petitions/654389, they can add their voices to the growing chorus calling for change. Together, we can ensure that our elderly citizens receive the respect, dignity, and support they deserve. Wakeup Britain!" - Angela Templeton, Karen Burns, Dave Fabian, Denver Johnson, and Michael Thompson.

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