Brixham has a wonderful artistic heritage based upon its marine history which has attracted artists to the town over the generations. One of the longest established local businesses is the Strand Art Gallery which today still sells works by local resident artists.
Our town centre has a number of walls, gable ends or alley-ways, that are very visible but not particularly attractive. These spaces were identified as having the potential to add to our ‘cultural’ offer through the creation of new wall murals reflecting our local heritage and rich history.
Brixham Future CIC supported by a £5,000 grant from the National Lottery commissioned two large wall murals which have since attracted considerable praise both nationally and internationally.
One mural is of a Brixham Treasure Map dated 1615 taken from original documents of the period and is on the gable end elevation of Doble Jewellers in Fore Street.
The second mural depicts a stormy sailing scene in the style of David Deakins, a local artist from the Strand Art Gallery and is located in the alley-way Beach Approach opposite the Prince William Of Orange Statue on the quayside.
The works by Cornish artist Sketch86 were featured in Country Life magazine and have become a tourist attraction in their own right.
We hope to be able to add to these murals, plus those elsewhere in the town, to help create an art-trail for eveyone to enjoy for many years to come.