Rachel List painted through the night onto the side of a pub to celebrate the NHS, then in a few weeks became Pontefract’s Banksy.
When the pandemic started, Rachel's job decorating children’s bedrooms had to stop. Instead she began to paint outside – the Banksy of Pontefract!
Rachel painted murals around Pontefract, and people then used these paintings to complete their daily exercise walks in the first lockdown. Rachel’s works were then shared in the press and people saw her story across the world.
Wakefield Council, Museums & Castles service commissioned Rachel to re-paint several of the murals onto wooden boards, so that they can be part of Pontefract Museum’s permanent collection. Helping to capture and tell the stories of Covid and lockdown in our communities, and to preserve the story of Pontefract’s lockdown for future generations.