10-year-old artist brightens up city streets with cartoon creatures

A safari of animal art is being let loose in Gloucester this half-term to brighten up some of its empty city centre shops and alleyways.

By Emma Luther  |  Published
Euan Moorey, 10, with his colourful artwork in Gloucester.

Colourful murals and posters have been created by 10-year-old Euan Moorey in a bid to brighten up Gloucester.

He's painted murals of a rat and a badger in the Queen’s Walk alleyway next to Boots on Eastgate Street and his posters will be displayed in empty shop windows in Kings Walk and Eastgate Shopping Centre this half-term for shoppers and visitors to enjoy.

Moorey has produced the large-scale designs with the help of his dad, George and Jolt Studios resident artist Stuart Rush.

He created 53 animal designs during lockdown as part of a home learning project, as he taught himself how to draw animals.

With help from his family, the youngster has set up his own website, along with a small business selling T-shirts with the animal designs. 

Passionate about bringing a splash of colour to the streets, his city centre project follows efforts to brighten his own street by sticking animal designs on the wheelie bins. 

Moorey and his dad will also create a trail for families featuring the animal designs around the Kingsholm neighbourhood in November 2022.

He said: ‘Last year we painted a fox mural near where we live so I’m really excited to see more of my animal designs made big so people can see them.’

His dad added: ‘Euan loves being creative and has been developing a great collection of animal drawings for a while, it’s a terrific opportunity to celebrate his art and make the city a bit more colourful.’

Gloucester BID funded the project to help increase visitor numbers to the city.

BID manager Toby Woolridge said: ‘It’s really good to see more artwork in the city, brightening up otherwise dull and non-descript areas. This builds on our existing ‘nature’ art trail and ‘utility box art’ installations from early this year, details of which can be found on our website gloucesterbid.uk. BID will be looking to add more colourful artwork in due course.’

Shoppers and visitors will have the chance to win a £50 Gloucester Gift Card if they tag a selfie with the eye-catching designs over half-term.

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