A new ‘Rise Up Residency’ mural has been created in Margate.
The painting by artist Scotty Brave is on a building at Grosvenor Place and depicts Canadian marine biologist Amanda Vincent.
The Rise Up Residency murals were painted last year between September and October by 16 artists at sites across the town. Scotty had been due to take part but his work was delayed due to a back injury.
The residency was a bid to raise awareness of ocean conservation and the issues caused by plastic in and around our coastline.
The project was spearheaded by Rise Up Clean Up and Margate-based, internationally-acclaimed artist Louis Masai.
Scotty’s mural stays with the conservation theme. Amanda Vincent is one of the world’s leading experts on seahorses and their relatives.
She holds the chair of the IUCN SSC Seahorse, Pipefish and Seadragon Specialist Group and is the marine representative on the IUCN’s International Red List Committee as well as being the chair of its Marine Conservation Committee.
She co-founded and directs Project Seahorse, an organisation committed to conservation and sustainable use of the world’s coastal marine ecosystems. In 2020 she became the first marine conservationist to win the world’s leading prize for animal conservation, the Indianapolis Prize.
Louis Masai says there will be projects each year, of differing scales and themes which will “grow organically.”