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Britannia Legacy Mural Project

The Britannia Gym "C" Legacy mural is being designed and painted by students of the school and volunteers from the community. The resulting work, completed and installed in the spring of 2009, will add a colourful and dynamic facet to this diverse community. Installed on the west wall of Gym "C", it will become an important visual element in the corridor leading to the Britannia Ice Rink. Britannia Ice Rink will be a highly active site for the upcoming Olympic games and will be seen by many in the coming years.

As a celebration of this history, and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Britannia School, this large mural will express some of the school's significant academic, athletic and creative achievements. Britannia Community Centre is the sponsor for this project, and will host several outreach sessions as well as facilitate the installation of the mural. The Britannia Mural is one of four in the 2009 Eastside Mural Project.

Project Coordinator and Muralists: Vancouver artist and muralist Richard Tetrault will oversee the development of the Britannia Mural. Tetrault has a thirty-year history of mural painting, and he has a sustained interest in both the history of the area and its artistic legacies. He has worked on public murals projects both locally and internationally, and has taught workshops in schools and Community Centres, coordinating more than fifty murals and community projects. In 2008, he won the City of Vancouver Award for Community Art.

Jerry Whitehead, a Saskatchewan artist of the Cree Band, will work with Tetrault. Jerry has a long history of working within the community where he lives and has raised his three boys, all of whom have attended Britannia. He has been highly active as a workshop leader, exhibition coordinator and teacher for many years. Jerry was one of the main coordinating artists for the two-block long Community Walls/Community Voices mosaic mural project on Commercial Drive. He brings his broad range of experience and bold, distinctive style to this project.

Technical: The mural design will be transferred onto primed plywood panels, and will be painted with Chroma outdoor acrylics, donated by Opus. These panels will then be mounted overtop of the corrugated concrete wall of Gym "C". An underlying, integrated abstraction will be painted directly onto the wall with exterior latex paint, using a temporary scaffold for access. A 2' x 4' frame will provide the support for the 12' x 44' plywood mural, a flashing will cap the top of the piece, and an "L" track extrusion will protect the sides and bottom. The final work will be sealed with an epoxy sealer, adding to the durability of the piece.