Latest Artistic Installation Complete for Award-Winning Arts Project

The final artistic installation as part of a series of public street art commissions in Leeds city centre has just been completed with work unveiled on Harper Street.

This latest piece of street art is brought to the city centre by the award winning ‘A City Less Grey’ project initiated by East Street Arts and funded and supported by LeedsBID which has seen places, spaces and corners of the city centre brought to life with colour.


The new 15m mural, painted on the side of New York House by artist and designer Mike Winnard and supported by Rushbond, is inspired by the phrase ‘Common Ground,’ with the artwork depicting the two words in the numerous languages spoken in Leeds. It also encapsulates local, historical, and cultural iconography - such as flags, plants, and animals - inspired by research and conversations around the unity of human experience.


Mike’s artwork, which took six weeks to complete, sits alongside pieces across the city including the epic ‘Athena Rising’ mural by NOMAD Clan (a female street-art duo, Cbloxx and AYLO) painted the full length of the east elevation of the Platform building by Leeds Station.


‘A City Less Grey’ won the award for best use of arts, culture or sport in placemaking at the national Planning Awards held at Savoy Place in London earlier this year.


Plans are now underway for Phase 2 of the project, with East Street Arts and LeedsBID looking at more statement pieces throughout the city centre.