Giant Sheku Bayoh mural unveiled on landmark by Kirkcaldy artist

Kadi Johnson and Abz in front of the mural.Kadi Johnson and Abz in front of the mural.
Kadi Johnson and Abz in front of the mural.
A giant mural inspired by Sheku Bayoh has been painted on the side of Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, as part of a trail of artworks across Scotland.

The giant new artwork – Justice for Sheku Bayoh – joins the rapidly expanding Mural Trail as Scotland’s artists and arts organisations combine their voices to support Black Lives Matter.

Scotland’s Black Lives Matter Mural Trail now has 24, across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, with over a dozen more planned in the coming weeks, in Stirling and Dundee.

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The latest additions are by Kirkcaldy artist Abigail Mills, aka Abz, including an impressive 5.5 meter x 6.5 meter print on the Usher Hall’s Glass Wing, and a further 4 images next to Lothian Road. Striking, colourful and thought provoking, Abz’s work reflects her regular job as a tattoo artist, but goes far beyond that, reflecting her Scottish/Jamaican heritage and self identifcation as a “queer artist”.

The Glass Wing artwork – Justice for Sheku Bayoh - is inspired by the death in 2015, in police custody in Kirkcaldy, of Sheku Bayoh, which is now the subject of a public enquiry.

Aamer Anwar, lawyer for the Bayoh family: “The family of Sheku Bayoh & his partner Collette are deeply grateful to the artist for this mural which encapsulates for them their long struggle for justice & truth.

“It’s time that those who fly the banner of #BlackLivesMatter realised that there are also many George Floyds in the UK and their families need your support.”