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Public vote: Which mural should be painted to celebrate the Tall Ships at Belfast Harbour?

By Claire Cromie

To celebrate the return of the Tall Ships in July, Belfast Harbour is running its first ever public art competition to create a huge 100 sq m mural on the edge of Belfast’s historic ‘Sailortown’.

Entries have now been received and the public are being asked to vote online for their favourite design by these young artists to grace Barrow Square.

>>Scroll down to view the finalists>>

The winning mural will be completed in time for the arrival of the Tall Ships this summer and will be viewed by hundreds of thousands of visitors who are expected to welcome the ships back to Belfast.

Artists, who had to be aged between 14 and 25, were asked to submit nautically themed entries which reflected the spectacle of the Tall Ships. 

Jenni Barkley, Belfast Harbour’s Communications and Corporate Responsibility Manager, said:  “The calibre of the entries has been superb – Belfast’s definitely got talent.  This is a great opportunity to literally give a young artist ‘wall-to-wall’ coverage and help bring life back to this part of the Harbour Estate.

“Narrowing the entries down to the final six was challenging enough, but now it’s up to the public to choose their favourite and create a new landmark for Belfast.” 

The six finalists are:

They were selected by a judging panel including Heather Carr, Business Development Manager, Arts and Business, Pat Benson, from Sailortown and Peter Richards, CEO and Creative Director of the Golden Thread Gallery.

Vote here before 5pm on Friday 1 May

Belfast Harbour will employ a professional artist to turn the design into reality or, if the winner is a professional artist, they may be allowed to complete the work themselves.

Please select who you would like to win

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