Chad McCail: Hopes and Fears: The Millfield Metro Station Mural Behind the Scenes

In partnership and curated with Young Asian Voices

31 July – 1 September 2023
FREE / No booking required
Hills Art Centre, Waterloo Pl, Sunderland, SR1 3HT

This exhibition (at Hills Art Centre, within Sunderland City Centre) explores behind the scenes of how the mural Hopes and Fears for Millfield Metro station came to life! From puppet making workshops and theatre, through to sketches, the exhibition opens up the conversations that led to the mural in a colourful celebration of Sunderland, community and how inclusion and diversity contribute to a better, smarter city and economy. Find out more about the McCail’s workshops with Young Asian Voices.

The members of Young Asian Voices are: Abdul Baten Chowdhury, Ashith Gounder, Kusuma Nandini Kavya, Mst Liza Begum, Premraj Pichairaju, Sabina Begum, Sima Begum, Syeda Sanzida Miah and Thahir Ahmed.

Chad McCail (b. 1961, Manchester) is a printmaker, painter and sculptor. Since July 2022 McCail has been running workshops with Young Asian Voices and Pallion Action Group to devise Hopes and Fears, a large-scale mural which will be painted on Millfield Metro Station’s entrance wall in Summer 2023.

The mural Hopes and Fears explores a collective experience of living and working in Sunderland and the hopes for Sunderland’s future. It touches on current concerns including the privatisation of the NHS, high rents and rising energy bills and food costs while searching for a different, kinder and more sustainable way of life.

More information about the Millfield Metro Station mural will be shared over the coming months so keep your eyes peeled!

This project forms part of Nexus’ 2020 Metro Community Takeover and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Image: Chad McCail, Hopes and Fears (detail), 2023. Courtesy of the artist.

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