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Cultural icons wall will celebrate Nuneaton legend; It will also feature words from Ken Loach and Rosie Goodwin.

Byline: Claire Harrison

A memorial wall will be created to honour Nuneaton's most famous daughter and cultural icon - George Eliot.

In what is the year of writer George Eliot's bicentenary, the wall will not only feature her image but also original quotes from the town's legendary film director ken Loach celebrating George Eliot's life.

There will also be quotes from local author Rosie Goodwin.

The wall is the brainchild of The Reel People Community Group, which has already brought stunning street art to buildings across the town.

Nationally celebrated graffiti artist N4t4 will still be spraying the mural at Attleborough Sports Club on Saturday, August 17.

At the same time other street artists will create images across the town, one of which will be another contemporary George Eliot piece created by artist Steve Lach.

There will be two walls painted at the back of the RopeWalk Shopping Centre, one at the Co-op Club car park and one on the HUK group building, located on the same road as Halfords.

How Nuneaton will celebrate George Eliot's centenary this weekend

There will be over 20 of the country's best street and graffiti artists descending on the town to paint at these different locations in honour of George Eliot's bicentenary explained James Bennett, director of theReel People.

"I have always wanted a cultural icons wall in Nuneaton, but some reason I have never been able to get permission in the areas I have wanted to put them, George Eliot's bicentenary has enabled me to achieve my dream," he said.

"I'm over the moon that although we didn't manage to get the funding for the Nuneaton Street Art Festival this year that we are still continuing to get some colour and amazing art work around the town.

"It's always been a dream of mine to get these high calibre artists coming to spray inNuneaton,after seeing them work at different paint festivals around the country and now it's really happening."

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"It will also be great to see some more quality pieces go up around the town centre and great that we get chance to work with the Griff and Coton again. It would be great if people could come and support the artists on the days that they are painting."

Reel People projects are aimed at bringing the community together. and anyone who would like to get involved with sponsorship or coming to paint at the event should call 07976 591 237 or leave a message onReel People- by James on Facebook.

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Date:Jul 28, 2019
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