Monday October 31st 2016

Amazing outdoor gallery

artist_Matt_Sewell_photo_Andy_BrownThe streets of Sheffield are being turned into an open air art gallery as the city plays host to renowned international artists, who will share their work on huge murals.

Up to 15 sites are being transformed, with the chance to see the artists at work on buildings where the owners have granted permission for the permanent murals.

The work has been supported by Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID) as part of its Cleaner programme and to help prevent unsightly graffiti vandalism.

It is just one of the measures the BID is investing in to help the city centre feel cleaner, more enjoyable and more sociable. The BID also provides a graffiti removal service for Levy Payers in the city centre and runs an annual Spring Clean programme.

The Feature Walls event, part of the Year of Making, offers a great experience to see talented artists at work in the city bringing their work to thousands of people.

It is hoped publicity about the trail will also encourage people into the city to see all the different artworks and enjoy everything Sheffield has to offer. A celebratory tour of the trail and a vibrant art market is being planned for November.

Taking inspiration from the success of similar art trails throughout the world, the ‘canvases’ have been selected in the heart of the city centre, predominantly along and around Devonshire Street.

There are murals from some of the most talented, innovative and highly regarded people in their field today.  Practitioners from France, Italy, and Spain are joining forces with their contemporaries from UK, and more importantly, Sheffield – and the whole city will be able to view their work.

A trail map will soon be available in the city and online at www.sheffieldcityofmakers.co.uk to guide people around the artworks.

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