A popular local art project that funds local artists to paint Leith shop shutters with unique designs has been awarded funding from the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership.
In an emailed statement announcing the funding, Morvern Cunningham, Shutter Project Curator at Leith Late said:
“LeithLate is delighted to announce the second phase of the highly successful Shutter Project, a public arts initiative in Leith, Edinburgh that matches up emerging artists and local Leith businesses to create a bespoke work of art, to be displayed on the shutter of the business outside opening hours. The second phase of The Shutter Project will involve the installation of a further 3 artworks in addition to the existing 6 artworks completed to date.”
“The first shutter artwork will be installed by Omar Zingaro Bhatia, (winner of The Skinny Award at the RSA New Contemporaries in 2010), whose Spuriosity Shop installation in Leith Walk Barbers was a highlight of LeithLate13. Omar recently completed a 19m long mural in a Roma/Gypsy village in the far north of Hungary, whereas his Leith artwork will be on the shutter of Café Nemrut, a Turkish restaurant based at 255 Leith Walk. Work will start on the first shutter in Feb/March 2014, with the remaining two shutters (artist/venue as yet tbc) to be completed prior to the LeithLate14 event in June.”
So Congratulations due to Leith Late, and if you want to find out more about Omar Zingaro Bhatia you can check out his website here: http://www.zingaromar.com/