Work continues to make A City Less Grey

The streets of Leeds are to be a little less grey as the next piece of artwork of a city-wide project starts to take shape.

An artistic cityscape will be the new inhabitant of Leeds’ latest office space as work begins on a street art installation in Sovereign Square.

The artwork forms part of a street art programme entitled A City Less Grey, initiated by East Street Arts, working closely with LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District) which has fully funded the project.

A City Less Grey sees both local and nationally based artists creating art installations and events across five sites throughout the city centre, kick-starting an exhilarating time for urban art in Leeds.

Work had started on a giant hand painted mural on the hoardings which face on to the central park at Sovereign Square.

Artist Jo Peel‘s installation depicts personal stories and the wider urban context of Leeds’ transformation as a city past, present and future.

“The mural celebrates the cultural heart of the city’s past and present, from the industry of the past to the re-appropriation of spaces, weaving together personal stories through the places in which they inhabit,” Jo said of her artwork.

Andrew Cooper, LeedsBID Chief Executive said: “A City Less Grey is about bringing colour to key sites in the city, animating buildings and places and creating cultural points of interest. The diverse mix of artistic styles and physical canvases will enhance both the look and feel of Leeds for visitors, commuters and residents – helping fulfil LeedsBID’s ambition to transform the city and improve the experience of all city users.”