The Murals Book


In 1984 I was commissioned to produce this 42 page small handbook as a step-by-step guide for community groups and artists who want to work together to improve their surroundings in a logical and constructive way.

The Murals Book content includes:
Section 1 Introduction -  What is a Mural?
Section 2  Planning – Choosing the right wall, Forming a team, Getting planning permission, Public relations.
Section 3  Finance – Preparing a budget, Raising funds, Paying the artist, Insurance.
Section 4  Design – Developing a theme, Design hints, Sketching the design, Transferring the design,
Section 5  Carrying out the work – Materials, Preparation, Painting Hints, Maintenance, Notes on Safety, Useful reading.

Introduction Mural painters are often interested in the same walls as the graffiti artist; those dull, empty, lifeless walls found on both old and new structures. If you live or work in London, or any other crowded city, you cannot help but be aware of the drabness of much of the surroundings. In the old parts of our cities, years of patchwork development, poor maintenance and economic depression have created confusion and dereliction. Modern buildings, too, are often bleak and unattractive with large expanses of blank wall.

A mural can provide an element of colour and life - brightening up a drab area with an attractive painting or decoration; making a visual statement to people in an area; illustrating a current community issue or an event from local history; encouraging a sense of community by bringing people together in a common pursuit in a street, community centre, school or works canteen. Making a mural can also revive or bring out the artistic skills within the community. Making a mural - with paint, mosaic or other materials - can readily be tackled with the right help and guidance. Murals can be carried out by professional artists, community groups, children and individual house owners.

This book describes the different ways of producing a mural, the organisation needed, and the various materials and equipment available for the job. It also provides an understanding of the technical problems and how to solve them. It advises, too, on how to interest and involve the local community in the making of a mura1. They will have to live with what you do and may well have their own ideas about how the building in question should be decorated - whether they own it, use it or just walk past it every day.

Edited by Cameron Brisbane, Rick Rogers and Judith Stone the Murals Handbook was published by the Hammersmith and Fulham Amenity Trust, and was been funded by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the Department of the Environment. The Trust is a community project which specialises in environmental improvements.


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