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Save Hulme Mural

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The Hulme Mural The Hume Mural is a vast and vibrant public artwork in Hulme Manchester, comprising six 14 foot panels of sculpted clay along the Hulme Library wall. It was designed and made by Hulme Urban Potters – a collective of students and tutors at the Hulme Adult Education Centre to mark the turn of the century, and was completed and installed in 2002. The mural depicts some of the key moments in the history of this important Manchester community, and has become a local landmark. It was unveiled by actor and comedian Johnny Vegas saying: ”I think it is a really important piece of work that promotes local history and a true sense of pride for the people and place it represents. It’s amazing.” The then City Council Chief Executive member for Culture and Leisure Glynn Evans said: “I’m highly delighted that Hulme Urban Potters have entrusted this fantastic piece of work to Manchester Libraries. The Mural is a celebration of Hulme and it is quite right that it should remain at the heart of the local community”. Less than ten years later, the community now fears for the future of the Hulme Mural. Consultations are underway about the future of Manchester’s library service, and there are fears that if the Hulme library closes, the building will be sold or worse still, demolished. Johnny Vegas has now added his voice to the campaign to save the mural saying: “I’d be really disappointed if the mural was damaged or lost due to the closure of the library. It’s a fantastic piece of art work that should be enjoyed by the local community for many years to come.” Please add your voice to the campaign to save the Hulme Mural by signing the petition.

Hulme Mural Petition

We the undersigned are highly concerned that if the Hulme Library and Adult Education Centre closes, the future of the Hulme Mural will be in jeopardy.

We believe that the mural is an important historic record of the area, and a significant public artwork, loved and valued by many, both locally and citywide.

As the mural cannot be removed from its location on the Hulme Library wall, we call upon Manchester City Council to ensure that the mural (and therefore the library wall) is safeguarded and preserved regardless of decisions about the future of the building.


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