A talented artist has created a huge rainbow mural on the wall of a Newcastle community centre in honour of the NHS.
Danny McConway was contacted by the manager of Heaton Community Centre who asked for the artwork to be painted at the centre to bring happiness to the community during lockdown.
But manager Sue Newton also wanted to support the local artist, who suffered an attempted break-in at his studio on Warwick Street at the start of lockdown.
Sue said: “When I heard about Dan, I thought the mural was something I could do to help him and the community as I’m shut in the house and not able to be out and about at the moment.
“For a lot of us, the rainbow pictures and clapping for carers on a Thursday night is the only thing we can do to help right now and I wanted to do more.
“I didn’t actually realise how beautiful he would make the mural and I’m more than pleased with what he’s done.”
Danny’s creation shows a rainbow emerging from a pitched flag flying the NHS logo, before stretching across the wall on Addycombe Terrace.
It is then finished off with the message “From Heaton with love.”
The-37-year-old from Heaton also recently painted a mural on the shutters of the Tipsy Toad micro pub on Heaton Road.
And he hopes his work will help to embrace and celebrate a creative culture in Newcastle.
Danny said: “There are so many world class artists living in Newcastle that have not been given the platform they deserve because there is nowhere to really view their art as it’s branded as graffiti.
“Cities across the country have some incredible murals, but Newcastle remains quite unique as there is no place for this type of art.”
While Danny describes Heaton as an “open-minded” and “positive” area that he is “lucky” to live in, he would love to see more art on display to inspire children.
He added: “I think creative culture should be raised and pushed more, especially around younger people.
“Since my niece started school, creative subjects have been reduced and she was given the choice between music and art – but I think thy’re all important.
“Because of this I think there is an even greater need for children to grow up around creative culture in their area.”
Danny’s mural has caught the attention of many people in the community, including Heaton ward councillor, Clare Penny-Evans.
She said: “We’ve all seen rainbows in people’s windows spreading hope and joy - this takes it a step further.
“I hope our NHS staff and our key workers know how much we all appreciate what they do to keep us safe.
“This artwork is a fabulous way to say thank you and another example of the great community spirit of Heaton.”