Leeds is set for new artwork

SuperLeeds by Supermundane at Leeds Railway Station. PIC: Sarah Zagn
SuperLeeds by Supermundane at Leeds Railway Station. PIC: Sarah Zagn
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A major mural outside Kirkgate Market has been commissioned as part of a series of new large-scale public art installations in the city.

The artworks are being unveiled during Christmas and in the new year as part of the Unfold festival.

Organised by Leeds City Council, the programme celebrates the return of the British Art Show 8 in the city.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “Enabling the public to enjoy and benefit from Leeds’ thriving art scene is at the very heart of the Unfold programme and nothing epitomises this more than commissioning public artworks that everyone visiting Leeds will be able to see and enjoy.”

Leeds-based muralist and illustrator Nathan Evans has been commissioned to create the Kirkgate Market mural which will spell out ‘Hello & Welcome To Leeds’.

The hand-drawn letters will reflect the Victorian origins of the iconic building while the vibrant colour palette and geometric background root the work in the 21st century. The installation also features an interactive spot where visitors can take photographs of themselves.

The commissions range from a vast interactive mural to a multi-sensory 3D artwork and will be installed in public spaces across the city.

Rob Lowe, also known as Supermundane, has created a new 14-metre wide commission inside Leeds Railway Station, named ‘SuperLeeds’, to welcome the 120,000 people who pass through the station every day.

City creatives are also working on an installation for the station called ‘Windows of Leeds’, consisting of large, 3D sculptural lettering which houses individually designed windows. These will be regularly updated by local artists and designers. Local collective Buffalo, working with Purple Patch Arts, has also created a 3D installation at Leeds Central Library.