Street artists come together to celebrate Northampton

Published: Wednesday, 11 September 2019

More than 100 street artists came together in Northampton on Sunday 1 September to celebrate the town’s diverse culture with a range of colourful murals.

The street art project titled ‘Wall Games’ was coordinated by local artist James Thompson with support from Northampton Borough Council, who sourced the locations and provided £500 towards spray paints and materials. The project saw over 100 walls around the town centre and St James Retail Park transformed into bold and bright murals which celebrate street art and the town itself.

Volunteers helped to emulsion the walls of identified locations for the artwork ahead of the project, covering graffiti and giving the artists a blank canvas to work from.

Street artists from across the country; including Northampton, Milton Keynes, Leicester, London, Nottingham and Luton, then came together on 1 September to share their artwork on walls in and around the Mayorhold Car Park, near the bus station, on Lady’s Lane and at St James Retail Park.

Featured artists include local artists Dpendz, Leanne Conroy, Binty Bint, Selometric Art and Ruelo, as well leading artists from further afar, such as Tizer, Pad303, Kak, This One, Jim Vision, Posea, and Boaster to name but a few.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “We are so pleased to have supported this bright and innovative project which aims to brighten the town and deter offensive graffiti by transforming spaces with street art.

“We want to thank James, the volunteers and the many street artists who came forward, using their own time to take part in this project and showcase their fantastic skills in areas of the town which often get forgotten about or misused.

“We hope people enjoy spotting and seeking out the different art pieces and look forward supporting James to grow the project with partners and businesses each year.”

James Thompson,  said: “Thanks to the council’s sponsorship, the event brought internationally renowned artists work in to help us brighten up the drab, dreary and forgotten spaces in an around the town centre. The event was an amazing social and cultural experience for everyone who came, and we look forward to involving local Northampton residents and businesses for next year’s event. It was only possible thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the artists that took part, I encourage everyone to go and visit the spaces to see the art for themselves and see just how amazing it all is!”