Something fishy about new display at Hartlepool shopping centre

Middleton Grange Shopping centre manager Mark Rycraft at the childrens play area
Middleton Grange Shopping centre manager Mark Rycraft at the childrens play area

ART with a difference is going on show in a shopping centre.

And young Hartlepool Mail readers can be a part of it thanks to a competition to create a new mural with a distinctly maritime feel.

The artistic new addition is planned on a wall at the children’s play area, next to the BHS store in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in the town.

Shopping centre bosses plan to call in local artists to create the mural, which will have a seascape theme.

But not all of it will be the work of adults. Children can play their own part by coming up with wonderful drawings, pictures and paintings of fishes.

The four best fish pictures will go on show for thousands of passing shoppers to see.

Shopping centre manager Mark Rycraft said: “We are keeping this play area here in the short to medium term, and we thought we would dress the full wall.

“We are going with an underwater seascape mural and, because we wanted it to be educational, we are putting letters and words in as well so that it is stimulating for the children.”

He added: “We thought it would be nice to have children designing something for the mural. Rather than just have them colour something in, we want them to design four fishes.

Then we will pick the best out as the winners and their work will go in the murals.”

Children aged up to 10 can enter the fishy art competition and they have until the end of October to do so.

Children should submit their entries to the customer service desk in the shopping centre by the end of October. including their name, age and a contact telephone number.