Festival Comic Art Mural by Machima

Friday, 14 October, 2022 - 09:00
We are super excited to unveil our first comic art mural at LICAF 2022 by the extraordinary multi-media artist Mehdi Annassi, aka Machima, from Morocco.

Mehdi Annassi, aka Machima, with the Windermere Arctic Charr mural on the Lake District Boat Club for LICAF 2022

Windermere Arctic Charr mural on the Lake District Boat Club for LICAF 2022 by Mehdi Annassi

Windermere Arctic Charr mural on the Lake District Boat Club for LICAF 2022 by Mehdi Annassi

Festival Mural by Machima
Over the Festival Weekend
Lake District Boat Club on Glebe Road, LA23 3HE, overlooking Windermere

Mehdi’s work is world-renowned and he is at the cutting edge of bringing comics outdoors and to a wider audience.

This mural has been created in the week running up to the festival and is inspired by the Lake and “a character who is trying to stay afloat in between all the boats and plants whilst embracing and protecting the Arctic Charr, that has befriended her and swims around her”.

Machima's comic art mural represents a character embracing and protecting the arctic charr of Lake Windermere

You can see the Windermere Arctic Charr mural by Mehdi Annassi on the Lake District Boat Club. Mehdi hopes his mural will remind visitors of the value of the natural world and highlight the plight of this ancient fish.

I would hope that the mural could turn some attention towards the changing conditions and rising temperatures of Windermere. Hopefully the Arctic Charrs I draw on the wall won’t be the only ones left in Windermere.

- Mehdi Annassi

The Arctic Charr is one of the rarest fish species in Great Britain and still exists in Windermere. The fish is vulnerable to rising pollution and water acidification.

We are delighted to playing an active part in the festival and to be showcasing the importance of water quality and the valuable environment of Windermere. Our members value the wonderful biodiversity of Windermere and it’s fantastic to have an international artist creating new work to showcase the wonder and fragility of our natural environment.

- Catherine Anderson, Secretary to the Lake District Boat Club

The Freshwater Biological Association is a collaborator on the mural project.

The Freshwater Biological Association exists to inspire global action to protect freshwater environments through science. Climate change is putting unprecedented pressure on our environment and its biodiversity and we need to use all the methods of communication to demonstrate the importance of protecting freshwater environments. I’m delighted to be part of this amazing project.

- Simon Johnson, FBA Executive Director

With thanks to the Lake District Boat Club, Nigel Wilkinson at Windermere Lake Cruises, the Freshwater Biological Association, Nationwide Platforms and Tony Dixon.

Arctic charr and Windermere

Did you know that, with an area of 17km2 and a maximum depth of 64m, Windermere is the largest natural lake in England?

Created 13,000 years ago, during the last major ice age, the waters of Windermere are today inhabited by arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) that became landlocked. Arctic charr are a cold-water species with high biodiversity value. Worryingly arctic charr population levels have declined over the last 20 years in Windermere due to the effects of climate change, eutrophication and the ingress of invasive species.

Find out more in the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology's Windermere case study

FBA - Love Your Lake: Big Windermere Survey

Launched jointly by the Freshwater Biological Association, located on the shores of Windermere, and Lancaster University, the Love Your Lake: Big Windermere Survey recruited volunteer citizen scientists to help assess the environmental health of Windermere during the summer.

You can find out more about the Love Your Lake: Big Windermere Survey on the FBA website