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A brush with history for Titanic mural artists

Piece to be unveiled on ship launch anniversary

Terry Bradley and Friz with the mural, which will be unveiled today at Titanic Belfast
Terry Bradley and Friz with the mural, which will be unveiled today at Titanic Belfast
Terry Bradley and Friz with the mural, which will be unveiled today at Titanic Belfast
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

Two leading Northern Ireland-based artists have teamed up to create a new mural celebrating the Titanic and Belfast's heritage.

The artwork will be unveiled at Titanic Belfast today, on the same date the world-famous ship was launched 108 years ago.

On May 31, 1911, more than 100,000 people lined the banks of the Lagan to watch the occasion, on what was proud day for the city.

The mural, a collaboration between Terry Bradley and Friz (Marian Noone), aims to attract crowds by shining a spotlight on the city's history and its contemporary art movement.

The recreation of Mr Bradley's Docker's Rest piece will be unveiled at Hickson's Point, Titanic Belfast's new shipyard-themed hospitality space, which serves up traditional music, food and drink.

The mural is appropriately placed as it depicts men from Sailortown and the docks, showcasing Belfast's maritime heritage, as well as the traditions of murals and hospitality in the city.

Bangor-based Mr Bradley, who is best-known for his dramatic, vibrant paintings of Sailortown dockers, said: "I have painted the working men of Belfast for a long time now, portraying their strength and character.

"I grew up in Belfast and was very aware of the wall murals around where I lived.

"To be able to tie in with that background, but with a positive rather than political message, has been very important to me as an artist.

"This has been a great project to be involved in with Friz.

"Her reproduction of the piece looks amazing and we're both very pleased with it. The appropriateness of the artwork at Titanic Belfast lies in the background of the whole area.

"My art celebrates Belfast, its people and its achievements.

"Titanic Belfast is synonymous with contemporary Belfast. Therefore, there couldn't be a better place for this piece"

Friz, a street artist originally from Sligo, added: "Belfast has a strong ship-building heritage - an industry that created many jobs for the people of the city.

"Terry's Docker's Rest piece depicts some of the characters that could have populated this world.

"It was a pleasure to recreate it in such a fitting and iconic location."

Laura Cowan, head of product development at Titanic Belfast, said: "Titanic Belfast not only explores the sights, sounds and stories of Titanic, but also celebrates the city and people that made her.

"We are proud to be the home of the collaboration by Terry Bradley and Friz."

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