2335. St Agnes Park

I think that this is the fourth ‘Saint of St Paul’s’ piece by Michele Curtis and the Paintsmiths that I have posted, and it is one that is tucked away on the side of a house that backs on to St Agnes Park.

Michele Curtis and Paintsmiths, St Agnes Park, Bristol, July 2019
Michele Curtis and Paintsmiths, St Agnes Park, Bristol, July 2019

The ‘Saint’ portrayed in this piece is Clifford Drummond who was involved with the bus boycott protests which ultimately led to a change is race laws in the UK with the 1965 and 1968 Race Relations acts. He along with the other six ‘Saints’ were the founders of the St Paul’s Carnival, and this mural project is such a wonderful tribute to the hard-fought work they put in and the positive changes they made to UK law.

Michele Curtis and Paintsmiths, St Agnes Park, Bristol, July 2019
Michele Curtis and Paintsmiths, St Agnes Park, Bristol, July 2019

This mural itself, like all the others is simply beautiful and features a lovely portrait of Clifford Drummond set on a local background with the Speedy Bird Cafe, which I believe was a meeting place for the bus boycott protesters. In keeping with the other murals, this one has some beautiful flowers decorating the piece, presumably from his Clifford’s home land. Another masterpiece from Michele Curtis and the Paintsmiths.

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2326. Fern Street

This is the third of the Seven Saints of St Paul’s pieces by Michele Curtis and Paintsmiths that I have posted, and it is a real stunner. I love these pictures, because the light and sky are perfect, bringing out the best in the artwork.

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

This ‘saint’ is Barbara Dettering, who was one of the co-founders of the St Paul’s Carnival (along with the other six ‘saints’) and who fought for the rights for people from the Afro-Caribbean community in Bristol.

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

Michele Curtis and the Paintsmiths have once again pulled a rabbit out of a hat with this one. It is an exquisite mural and one that is such a classy way to recognise and pay tribute to local heroes. Not only is the portrait beautifully painted, but the flowers and exotic bird balance the piece perfectly. I love this.

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.

2228. Byron Street

This remarkable and rather large piece adjacent to the M32 roundabout is one of Seven Saints of St Pauls, a project conceived by Bristol artist Michele Curtis to celebrate key people who shaped Bristol’s black community. This mural features Roy Hackett, a Jamaican, who arrived in Britain in 1952 and became co-founder of the Commonwealth Co-ordinated Committee (CCC) which was started 1962.

Michele Curtis and the Paintsmiths, Byron Street, Bristol, May 2019
Michele Curtis and the Paintsmiths, Byron Street, Bristol, May 2019

His story of employment in Liverpool, Wolverhampton, London and Bristol is fascinating. He went on to become one of the founders of the famous St Paul’s Festival and took part in the bus boycott in 1963 which protested against the bus company’s refusal to recruit black drivers or crews. This mural recognises Roy Hacketts part in this boycott. A wonderful history of Roy Hackett can be found in this Bristol Archive record.

Michele Curtis and the Paintsmiths, Byron Street, Bristol, May 2019
Michele Curtis and the Paintsmiths, Byron Street, Bristol, May 2019

The Paintsmiths are a group of artists who work on commissions, paint at events and support workshops, and include Felix Braun and Sled One. This piece, whichever way you look at is is utterly awesome and perfectly reflercts the amazing St Pauls community.