2315. Norrisville Road (3)

Well this is another magnificent mural from Michele Curtis and Paintsmiths in the series of seven saints of St Pauls that celebrates the life of Audley Evans who played a leading role in the Bristol bus boycott, a campaign that overturned a racist ban on hiring black or ethnic minority staff to work on the buses in Bristol in the early 1960s.

Michele Curtis and Paintsmiths, Norrisville Road, Bristol, July 2019
Michele Curtis and Paintsmiths, Norrisville Road, Bristol, July 2019

There is a rather touching video on the Bristol Live website featuring Audley Evans’ daughter who talks about the mural and her father. The project is a truly inspired one and is a fantastic way of celebrating the great contribution made to the civil rights movement in Bristol by immigrants who arrived in a hostile and racist country, but through their persistence and persuasion made changes that have greatly enhanced our city and country.

Michele Curtis and Paintsmiths, Norrisville Road, Bristol, July 2019
Michele Curtis and Paintsmiths, Norrisville Road, Bristol, July 2019

Technicaly, this mural is spectacular, and you’d expect nothing less from these amazingly talented artists. The portrait is striking, but it is also the wonderful and vibrant design and beautiful flowers that injects vigour and celebration into the whole piece. Utterly worth a trip to see it.

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