Chester BID Mini Murals Project

Chester BID Mini Murals Project

Chester BID has launched their mini-murals project by converting 18 BT cabinets into unique, creative pieces of inner-city artwork

BT cabinets have been transformed into colourful murals within the city centre. Usually painted dark green, BT Openreach gave special permission for the cabinets to be painted for the benefit of the city’s community.

Chester BID commissioned Cheshire artists to paint the murals, with each artist interpreting them in their own way, delivering an array of unique, colourful artworks to be enjoyed by passers-by.

The artists range from art school graduates to accomplished artists and Chester household names like Julie Colclough who owns a gallery on Watergate Street and Nikki Pinder who hid art around the city during covid lockdowns to brighten people’s days.

Carl Critchlow, BID manager, Chester BID said: ‘It was important for us to commission this within the rich pool we have of local artists, firstly to make sure we invest in our Cheshire creative communities but also because the artists already have a relationship with the city, and their interpretations of Chester will be all the more engaging because of it.’

He added: ‘We would implore visitors to visit the city and search out the mini-murals as part of a day out in Chester. The artists are hard at work creating the designs now with the full set to be completed by March 21st. These ‘hidden objects’ are not even usually noticed by visitors – and now they can bring great joy as pieces of public art, fostering pride in our high street and enhancing the quality of the city centre experience for residents and visitors.’

Artists & Locations

Mark Wigan
Bridge St/Grosvenor St.
St. Werburgh St.

Nikki Pinder 
Northgate St.
Upper Northgate St.

Luka Morrell
Newgate St./Pepper St.
Foregate St.

Rhi Moxon 
Pepper St.
Foregate St.
Frodsham St.

Sophia Shaw
Bridge St.
Frodsham St.

Julie Colclough 
St Werburgh St.

Emma Lucy 
St. Johns St.

Justin Bunting

St. Johns St.

Michelle Pickering
Newgate St.

Jack Few

Pepper St.

About Chester BID Company

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led, business-funded body created to improve a defined commercial area. Chester BID is funded solely by the businesses within the city.

There are over 460 businesses in Chester’s BID area with a rateable value of more than £18,000. Each of these contribute a levy equal to 1% of their business rates every year to fund a wide range of improvements identified by the businesses themselves. It is expected that approximately £2.5m of private sector funds will be generated over the five-year BID term and this money will be reinvested back into the city centre.

In June 2019, hundreds of businesses voted in favour of the plans to renew the BID’s term in Chester and on September 1st, 2019, Chester BID Company started a second five year-term with the intention of continuing to deliver a more vibrant and successful trading environment for Chester city centre.

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