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Project information

Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival Mural Project

To engage high profile graffiti artist Mohammed Ali, and his urban spirited art, to work with youth groups from Liverpool: connecting people from different communities and backgrounds to explore the issues that face contemporary multilcultural society as part of the 2011 Festival.

May 2011 - August 2011

Charity information: Liverpool Arab Arts Festival

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  • Need


    1) To reach those members of the community of Liverpool who would not ordinarily engage in the arts, young people in particular; using arts participation as a vehicle to the broaden horizons and aspirations of individuals and communities, and to increase the public's knowledge and understanding of Arabic arts and culture - leading to stronger and more cohesive communities. 2) To bring the work of Mohammed Ali to Liverpool for the first time. 3) To raise the awareness and profile of the Festival


    1) The project will bring groups of young people together from different backgrounds in active participation to create a shared vision and will educate the young people in different faiths, religions and beliefs through an inclusive, creative and fun experience. 2) Ali will create up to 2 large scale permanent murals in the Liverpool city region. 3) The public art project will reach audiences across the socio-econonic divides and will help to raise the awareness and to profile the Festival.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Deliver the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival Mural Project in June 2011


    » The artist Mohammed Ali will deliver a presentation on the history of graffiti and Islamic art to a large public audience
    » The artist will deliver workshops to between 10 - 30 young people brainstorming ideas, developing a shared vision, drawing, stencil cutting etc .
    » The artist and participants will spray paint the1st mural in a local community setting onto a wall or board
    » Mural 2 will be spray painted in city centre location + will be staged as part of a public event that will include spoken word and musical performance

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured against this aim through an evaluation and focus group addressing both quantitative and qualitatitve responses

    Aim 2

    To bring the work of important graffiti artist Mohammed Ali to Liverpool and the NW region


    » Invite Mohammed Ali, noted for speaking about how art transcends cultural and religious barriers, to Liverpool to deliver the project.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through an evaluation with artist; through the young peoples' feedback on the project + their experience, and the public's response to the project.

    Aim 3

    Promote Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival 2011 and raise awareness of it and its aims and objectives


    » Use the very public nature of graffiti art in the festival for the first time to reach as wider audience as possible
    » Deliver a project of national significance which challenges stereotypes and promotes understanding and community cohesion

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through the project evaluation addressing both qualitative and quantitative feedback ; media coverage; and visitor figures.

  • Impact


    The project will provide important opportuntities for audience development with regard to future activities and engagement in the festival which will be monitored over time. This can be demonstrated by increased mailing lists, contacts and audiences; important learning from the project that can be taken forward in future projects; young peoples' empowerment, skills development , and an appreciation and increasesd knowledge and understanding of the Arab world, its arts and culture.


    Inclement weather - so the project will be staged during spring/summer the best time for doing graffiti art in UK.
    Not being able to identify and secure suitable wall - where this is impossible boards can be used.
    Artist not being available - the artist will be contracted in advance to ensure his availability and participation.
    Lack of committment from community groups - we will work only with those gatekeepers to groups who have a track record of delivery and reliability.


    We will provide an up front, mid stage and final project plan and an evaluation that will be complemented by documention material of the workshops and spray painting events. All donors will be invited to attend the final performance in central Liverpool to witness and experience the event.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 workshops and events artists fees and expenses
      £1,000 workshops and event artist/workshop materials
      £1,200 Project project management
      £500 Workshops venue hire
      £500 Project publicity
      £800 Project documentation
      £500 Project evaluation
      £1,000 Events equipment
      £500 contingency contingency
  • Background


    The project will involve young people from deprived wards in Liverpool. The workshops will take place there and the 1st mural will be created in one of these local communities. The 2nd mural and public event will be created as a large scale work in the city centre of Liverpool to ensure maximum exposure and access. The mural will be painted onto a wall for posterity.


    The young people participating, the artist and the festival audience - through the project, the commission and the festival. Liverpool and the NW region also stand to benefit through the ownership of a piece of work co-created by leading graffiti artist Mohammed Ali, with all that this implies. The city centre mural will create a sense of civic pride and a landmark that will attract visitors and tourist to the city.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    LAAF has an excellent track record of delivery over 9 festivals and was this year awarded the Arab British Culture and Society Award 2010 in recognition of the outstanding contribution that the festival has made to the British public's knowledge and understanding of the life, culture and society of the Arab people. It was particularly recognised for having introduced 1000s of people to Arab culture through its outreach and artistic programming.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ngozi Ikoku

    She has been Manager of LAAF since 2005 and has an excellent track record in all aspects of festival managment and delivery.

    Taher Qassim

    Chair of LAAF and a co-founding member of the Festival. He is passionate about the festival + was recently awarded an MBE for this community work

    Mohammed Ali

    He is a celebrated international graffiti artist + has been awarded the South Bank Show Award that recognises the best in British Art.