Today we are Featuring Norwich based Mural Artist KNAPPLE, who came to our attention this year during the height of the BLM Protests due to one of their murals…
Keep reading to find out more!
Q1: What is your Name, Age, and Where are you based?
A: I’m Knapple, I’m 42 and I’m currently based in Norwich.
Q2: How did you first get into your creative practice/ work?
A: I chose art as a career because as my children got older I wanted to show them you could carve your own path, plus I really felt I needed a creative outlet so I enrolled on a BTEC course at Wensum Lodge and then a foundation degree just to get myself started with some techniques.
Q3: Are there any main or overarching themes you explore in your work?
A: My main focus throughout my art is positivity but with a hint of wit, self help and the power of thought. People don’t realise how much creative power our minds have and I want to show that change first comes from within. I’ve also started to explore human rights issues.
Q4: Highlight one of your biggest inspirations!
A: My biggest inspiration is Keith Haring, when I saw his work in the Liverpool Tate last year I could feel a powerful energy emanating from them, he did activism so perfectly.
Q5: Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
A: In 5 years time I expect to be living in or nearer to London and to be running Youth Mural projects, empowering and inspiring the next generation is my aim in life, so many inner city kids are ignored by society and I want to help give them a voice!
One Campaign KNAPPLE supports is ‘The Black Curriculum’ which is a Campaign ‘founded in 2019 by young people to address the lack of Black British history in the UK Curriculum. We believe that by delivering arts focused Black history programmes, providing teacher training and campaigning through mobilising young people, we can facilitate social change.’
You can visit their website to learn more and support this campaign! https://www.theblackcurriculum.com
You can also learn more about KNAPPLE’s BLM Mural in Norwich here… https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-norfolk-52959560/black-lives-matter-norwich-artist-ruth-knapp-repaints-defaced-mural
And follow them at their Instagram!
THANKS FOR READING- SEE YOU AGAIN SOON