PUPILS at a Renfrewshire school have created a giant mural that aims to bring a bit of colour and a message of hope at a time when coronavirus is causing widespread misery.

The youngsters from Paisley Grammar School have been working with professional artist and graphic designer Ciaran Globel, who uses traditional signwriting tools and techniques to produce striking, hand-painted work.

Pupils choose the message on the mural, which reads: “Smile and hold your head high.”

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The 14-metre-long piece of artwork has now been erected at the children’s playpark, in McKerrell Street, Paisley.

Paisley Grammar has been working with S1 pupils at signwriting workshops, with older pupils Kitty Hunter, Victoria Torrance, Emma Brough, Melissa Murdoch, Grace Aitchison and Emma Forbes, who are in S4, lending a hand.  

Ciaran said: "The pupils came up with a great phrase. I really enjoyed working with Paisley Grammar and hope everyone enjoys the results."

Paisley Grammar art teacher Lisa Cassidy added: "We’re delighted that this powerful message will be in the park for everyone to see.”

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The mural is part of the Artist and Residents Project funded by Renfrewshire Council’s Future Paisley legacy fund stemming from the town’s 2021 City of Culture bid.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, said:  "Our Artist andResidents strand of Future Paisley is all about artists and neighbourhoods working together to create great art.

“This amazing mural reflects a great pride and positivity in Paisley’s future.

“We continue to work with Future Paisley to breathe life into new spaces and inspire people across Renfrewshire to make and create.”

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