Queen’s Park man creates painting inspired by community

Brian Okello has lived in the Mozart Estate all his life

A young man has unveiled a mural he has painted of his neighbourhood – and donated it to the community.

Brian Okello, 25, has lived on the Mozart Estate, in Bruckner Street, all his life, and says that while the area’s reputation has been tarnished by gang violence, he wanted to show the community spirit alive in Queen’s Park.

The former St Luke’s pupil said: “There is some hostility between kids from the estate and the police and that can really tarnish an area.

“But I choose to stay here, and speaking to the community you find out there is a lot of positives to the area. My art is an expression of that.”

The picture will hang in the Beethoven Community centre until a more permanent home for it is decided on.