The unveiling of the ceramic mural “Buildings of Droitwich”

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery, Wychavon District Council and Droitwich Town Council the Droitwich Arts Network have reached a stage to organise an unveiling ceremony for the restored Droitwich Spa’s national treasure. This colourful and intricate work of art had been removed from the St Andrew’s shopping centre wall in order to replace broken ceramic relief’s and to strengthen the panels. The ‘Black Dog’ Studio where the mural was originally made 43 years ago by artist Philippa Threlfall has now fixed a date for the replacement of the restored mural.

So the unveiling ceremony will take place at 4.30 pm on Wednesday 17th April. Since November 2018, artists have produced art work to fill the gap on the wall left by removal of the mural as shown below. 

The ‘large’ 13 ft x 5 ft 6 ins wall gap was filled with 52 off A3 size panels; 28 panels of which are works of art supplied by: six local schools with 12 panels; 2 panels supplied from the NHS Orchard Service; one each from two local young children and the other 12 panels from local artists. The panels will be removed when the restored mural is ready to be replaced. Everyone involved will be invited to the unveiling ceremony, which is at 4.30pm on April 17th, 2019.

After removing a temporary display, setting up and cover the restored mural, the fanfare will announce the beginning of the unveiling ceremony. DAN chair Helen Karakashian is to welcome the public and introduce Philippa Threlfall and Daniel Collings. The Mayor will remove the cover of the beautifully restored mural, and, after brief speeches, the public would be able to enjoy some music and chat. The temporary art works will be returned to the artists. 

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