A New Mural Dedicated To The Hospitality Industry Has Been Unveiled In Liverpool

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


The money raised from the mural will help run sessions for hospitality professionals.

Liverpool is brimming with colourful works of art plastered on building walls that bring plenty of vibrancy to the city and now a new one has emerged. This mural is looking to bring to the forefront specific issues that workers in the hospitality industry face has been unveiled at Pins Social Club Liverpool.

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So Lets Talk, a not-for-profit platform looking to provide education and support inside of the hospitality industry, has collaborated with graffiti artist Shawn Sharpe, Good Good Graffiti, Liverpool Cocktail Week and Pins Social Club to create this brand new dedicated mural. The money raised throughout the mural campaign is set to help run crucial sessions for hospitality professionals, aiming to make a much healthier and happier industry.

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The idea behind the mural is on asking healthier questions before a work shift. Employees will usually ask their teams if they have the equipment they need to do their work, such as a bar blade, pens, lighters, etc. The question in hand becomes irrelevant if the person operating the equipment is finding it hard to function.

So Lets Talk looks to use the mural to change the questions up, asking how much valuable sleep did we get last night? When was the last time we had a home cooked meal? Without using the words ‘ok’ or ‘fine’  for how are we really feeling today. Asking healthier questions will get a healthier response.

Credit: Ashley Hardman
Sponsored by Liverpool Cocktail Week (The Cocktail Week Co), the mural created by Sharpe is situated on the side of Pins Social Club on Duke Street, taking over 24 hours to create and using 40 spray cans. The Cocktail Week Co is proud to be working with So Lets Talk to help bring an end to the silence and darkness surrounding the hospitality industry. Following the 18 months of intermittent closures, lockdowns and uncertainty the hospitality industry has seen a real decline in mental health.

Speaking on the project, Patrick Howley, founder of So Lets Talk said: “The idea behind these murals was to raise awareness about mental, physical and financial health in the hospitality industry, but also, what we do here at So Lets Talk. We’re so grateful to Pins Social Club for gifting us the space, for Shawn for doing such an incredible job and for Liverpool Cocktail Week for their sponsorship. The money raised will not only help us to support a local artist, but it will also help us to run sessions for hospitality professionals; making it a much happier and healthier place to be.”

Credit: Ashley Hardman

Alongside Liverpool, So Lets Talk has previously brought the mural project to Manchester’s Northern Quarter – with plans to take the campaign to other major UK cities, including Glasgow, Birmingham and London.

From October 12-18, Liverpool Cocktail Week will be celebrating this vibrant city, hosting events, masterclasses and discounted cocktails at participating venues. Working with So Let’s Talk,  Liverpool Cocktail Week will also be hosting a number of city-wide drop in workshops for industry staff at venues.

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