Chester BID Mini Murals
Chester BID has launched their mini-murals project by converting 17 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.’
The Mini Murals Map
In 2023 Chester BID sent out a quest to all who was brave enough to take on the voyage of discovering the 17 mini murals that lay hidden around Chester City Centre.
This magical quest continues to live on for those who dare still take on the journey! The winner of the Mini Mural Map competition 2023 was Nancy, Aged 8 who designed “Pigeon Love” after gaining magical inspiration from Chester City Centre and the other Mini Murals.
The competition was judged by Chester Art Experts Lisa of Arthouse Cafe and Alison of Alison Bradley Gallery. You can download your map below.
Artists & Locations
Bridge St. (x 2 Murals)
St. Werburgh St.
Upper Northgate St. (x 2 Murals)
St Werburgh St.
St. Johns St.
St. Johns St.