Local artists give Kelham Island street a makeover
Green Lane has had a bit of a makeover! A specially commissioned project comprising of thirteen pieces of art has been installed in Kelham Island.
The KurbArt project sees 200 metres of Green Lane covered in artwork, the largest piece being 20 metres long and some being as tall as three metres.
Five local artists, based at the Kelham Island Art Collective (KIAC), have been busy creating paintings, figures and ceramic installations. The pieces range from abstract sunsets to ceramic tile installations of individually painted scenes.
Citu, the company behind the Little Kelham development wanted to fill the available blank space with beautiful artwork to brighten up the area. Sales and marketing director for Citu, Kevin Gillespie said: “We had a space, and we wanted to fill it with something beautiful. KIAC has done exactly that, turning Green Lane into gallery of incredible art that’s open 24/7, 365 days a year.
“The artists have created something phenomenal, and we couldn’t be more pleased with it. Not only does the art take inspiration from the area’s rich industrial heritage, it also hints at how nature is returning to the area. That’s so important for us, because we put a lot of effort into ensuring we create places that are built sustainably and help local wildlife thrive.”
Simon Wigglesworth Baker, who created the largest piece, said: “We’ve installed all of the art ourselves so we’ve been speaking to passers-by and the reaction has been fantastic – people are very positive and happy to see something like this on the streets and accessible to all.”
See more information about the artists and the project on the KurbArt website.