Wirral musician teams up with street artist at charity event

Street artist Paul Curtis has murals across the region, many of which are in Wirral, including the much-loved HMS Birkenhead on the side of Gallaghers Traditional Pub on Chester Street.

The most famous piece by Paul is probably his set of Liver Bird Wings, which countless people have posed with since they appeared on Jamaica Street in 2017.

West Kirby musician, Michael Aldag, is one of many who have their photo taken there and he even penned a song inspired by the wings at the start of his career.

Seven years later, Michael has over a million followers on Instagram and TikTok and has played sold out shows around the country.

Despite his success, Michael remains humble and that was never more evident than at a charity draw that took place yesterday. The draw marked the end of a charity fundraiser that Paul Curtis launched at his first ever exhibition, “In one Place”, which took place at the Royal Liver Building.

Paul created three new pieces during the extended exhibition, which over 7,500 people attended, making it the most successful public event in the venue’s history.

The largest artwork is a mural depicting the construction of the Royal Liver Building, which will remain on public display in the atrium. The smaller two paintings, featuring a tiger and a gorilla, were then auctioned and raffled to help raise funds for two charities close to the Paul’s heart; The Whitechapel Centre and Alder Hey Children’s Charity.

The auction took place at the Adam Partridge sale rooms on Jordan Street and they very kindly wavered all commission and fees so that 100% of the money would go to charity.

The winning bidder got to select which of the two paintings they wanted and that person was Sean Ging, who chose the tiger, meaning the gorilla became the first prize in the draw.

The Royal Liver Building were very supportive hosts to Paul throughout the exhibition and Paul and his curator Laura McCann were keen for the draw to happen there.

To make the occasion even more special they asked their friend the musician Michael Aldag to select the winning ticket. Michael, who has previously volunteered with The Whitechapel Centre was only too happy to help.

Paul Curtis commented, “A massive thank you to every single person who bought a ticket or helped spread the word online. Together we have raised a fantastic amount for the two charities and it was really important to me that 100% of the funds from the draw and auction went directly to the charities.

“I am genuinely touched by the amount of people that have gotten behind this and I’m also really grateful to Michael for agreeing to perform and do the draw, it really means a lot.” 

The combined total from the sale of the tiger and draw tickets for the gorilla was £4350. Every single penny will be divided equally between The Whitechapel Centre and Alder Hey Children’s charity to help them continue their amazing work.

Image: Paul Curtis and Michael Aldag in front of the mural

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