Murals, Mosaics, Street and Public Art

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Walking tour led by Kerry Harker & John Wright

Meet at Leeds University Union building main foyer at 5pm. The tour will then head across the campus and into Leeds city centre, finishing at Leeds’ South Bank.

Free, no need to book!

Using the recent rediscovery and renovation of the mural painted by Chilean refugees at Leeds University Union in 1976 as a start point, this tour led by curators and researchers Kerry Harker and John Wright will visit other art sites around the city.

Their research, inspired by the Chilean mural, identified over 30, suggesting not only an enduring engagement with the art form in the city, but also the swell of its more recent renaissance through initiatives such as A City Less Grey.

Call them ‘murals’, call them ‘street art’, Leeds is enjoying a rich seam of production in the present day, often through new commissioning routes enabled by the burgeoning development of the city centre. They are a vital soapbox for a new generation of young artists, and democratically speak to new audiences beyond the art gallery.

This walking tour is organised by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies in partnership with Leeds University Union. It is in connection with a project around the restoration of the Chilean Mural at Leeds University Union, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

See here for details of a workshop in connection with the Chilean Mural, taking place on 27 April.

Image: Chilean Mural at Leeds University Union. Photo: Katherine.