Project to help make City Less Grey

Leeds is to be a city less grey thanks to a series of street art installations at key locations.
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Leeds is to be a city less grey thanks to a series of street art installations at key locations.

The complete street art programme will see seven artists – both local and nationally based – create

street art installations and events across five sites throughout the city centre, kick-starting an

exhilarating time for urban art in Leeds. All works are due for completion by Autumn 2017.

A City Less Grey has been initiated by East Street Arts, working closely with LeedsBID which is funding the project.

Andrew Cooper, LeedsBID Chief Executive said: “This exciting project is about animating the streets with public art installations in key locations while providing the opportunity to showcase some of our homegrown artistic talent and enhance the city’s cultural offer.”

“By investing in the welcome to the city, we are providing continual improvements to the physical look and ambience of the city centre for visitors, commuters and residents alike.”

The project has kicked off in Kirkgate, the oldest street in Leeds, on the hoarding covering the collapsed First White Cloth Hall. Local artist Kasia Breska has installed her wall art of abstract mapping and secret Morse code messages, relating to Kirkgate and its historical significance within the city.

The work on Kirkgate will be on a rolling programme, changing every four months, allowing three Leeds artists the chance to experiment and showcase their work.

The citywide element of A City Less Grey will begin in early 2017, with artists each taking on a site in Leeds city centre to transform in their unique styles.