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Ukrainian Artist Creates Giant Eurovision Billboard on Bold Street

11 months ago

Ukrainian Artist Creates Giant Eurovision Billboard on Bold Street
Ukrainian artist makes Eurovision billboard

Mariana Potetenko fled her home in Kyiv in June last year with her two daughters and the family dog to begin a new life in Liverpool.

An artist who came to Liverpool after escaping the war in Ukraine has told how a Combined Authority-funded course led to her Eurovision design being featured on a landmark city centre building.

After studying a digital design-themed Skills Bootcamp, funded by Mayor Steve Rotheram and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, she answered a call-out to artists for Eurovision-themed shop window art with an image featuring the 2022 winners Kalush Orchestra and UK runner-up Sam Ryder.

The Liverpool BID Company, who launched the scheme to decorate shop fronts, were so impressed with the stunning artwork that they displayed it on the hoarding outside the Lyceum building on Bold Street.

Ukrainian artist makes Eurovision billboard (Mariana and Lisa)
Ukrainian artist makes Eurovision billboard (Mariana and Lisa)

Mariana said:

“I came to Liverpool in June last year because of the war and started working as an artist and medical interpreter.

“The bootcamp changed everything for me because it provided me with new knowledge, skills and opportunities – I still can’t believe that I am seeing my design on such a huge scale and everybody can see it as well.

“I am a huge fan of Eurovision and it was supposed to be in Ukraine but unfortunately, due to the war, it is here, in the city where I am. I still can’t believe it. I will watch it on TV and be proud for my country.”

Mayor Steve Rotheram and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s pioneering Skills Bootcamps programme is set to expand into more job sectors after securing a further £8.2m funding.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“People across our region have opened up their hearts and homes to thousands of Ukrainian refugees over the past year – and we want to ensure they feel a real sense of belonging in our community.

“By giving people like Mariana the opportunity to access training, not only are we helping people’s creativity to flourish, we are helping them to gain the knowledge and skills they need to start to building a better future for their families.

“Because, for far too long, people in our area have been held  from fulfilling their potential, not by a lack of talent, but a lack of opportunity. I am on a mission to put that right by giving our residents the chance to expand their horizons with opportunities that previously would have been out of reach – and our Skills Bootcamps are helping hundreds of residents to do just that.”

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