Colourful flavour added to regeneration hoardings

Street artist Ananda Nahu  has brought a taste of the Copacabana to Whitley Bay with an eye-catching mural.
Street artist Ananda Nahu has brought a taste of the Copacabana to Whitley Bay with an eye-catching mural.

A taste of Copacabana has been brought to Whitley Bay with an eye-catching mural.

Prominent street artist Ananda Nahu has jetted in from her Rio-de-Janeiro home to paint the display on a stretch of the blank hoardings outside the Spanish City Dome.

The mural, inspired by the coastal setting, features images of wildlife and plants, and has been created using different types of spray paint.

It is aimed at injecting a splash of colour and life into the area where major building work is underway on the new Premier Inn hotel as well as the restoration of the iconic Spanish City set to begin soon.

Ananda said: “I try to create colourful, positive art which has an impact and includes lots of different cultures.

“I feel very honoured to be painting in a place with such a strong sense of history – the dome is amazing and it’s not every day you get to work in a place like this.

“Whitley Bay is a beautiful place, I love it, and everyone has been so positive about my work. One guy even turned up and wanted to help! It’s great to have that kind of love from people for art.”

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “I am delighted that we can bring an international flavour to the redevelopment of the coast with this work by a Brazilian artist.

“The Spanish City name itself has always given a cosmopolitan air to Whitley Bay as a destination. I am sure this artwork will add to that history, while pointing the way for visitors in the future.”

Ananda created the mural – with support from North Tyneside Council and funding from Arts Council England – during her visit to the north east where she unveiled her work at ¡VAMOS! Festival.

Nik Barrera, Festival Director, said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Ananda back to the region – it feels like the perfect fit with the Rio Olympics just round the corner – and we are really glad to continue our healthy working relationship with North Tyneside Council.

“It’s an added bonus to be able to showcase her work at the Spanish City, which is such a wonderful and iconic location, and it’s really nice to be adding something different to the area in such a prominent place where lots of people will get to see it.”