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Student street art brightens up Headingley


A Leeds Beckett student from the School of Art, Architecture and Design has used his creative skills to help brighten up the streets of Leeds.

Marcio Kutabiala, a final year BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design student at Leeds Beckett took part in a project to paint Virgin Communication boxes along Ash Road and the neighbouring streets in Headingley.

An exhibition to celebrate the colourful artwork, is to be held at the HEART Enterprise & Arts Centre on Monday February 27 at 7pm.

Explaining the background to the project, organizer Ruth Overy explained: “A few months ago we issued an invitation to local artists to submit designs. Artists chosen were each assigned a communication box to decorate and given the paints they needed. So far 11 are finished, with the artists dodging showers and braving freezing November weather to get them done.”

ARARA, the Ash Road Area Residents Association, launched the project with permission from Virgin Media and support from Leeds City Council. They received discounted anti-graffiti lacquer from a local company to protect the finished designs.

“ARARA has always been interested in projects to make the area pleasant and friendly”, said Paul Hudson, one of the conveners of this project. “We approached the College of Art, East Street Arts, Leeds Beckett, The University of Leeds and local residents to recruit artists. We have been very fortunate in finding artists who are not only skilled but reliable and a joy to work with.”

Alice, a local resident, said: “I think they are all marvellous. I have to stop and stare to take it all in. I like to talk to the artists and give them a little pat on the back!”

Chris, who also lives locally said: “It’s been great to see the community come together, welcoming artists bringing their creativity to our area. Each piece of art is individual and adds vibrancy and unique character to each street.”

The completed Virgin Communication boxes can be found on Ash Road, Canterbury Drive, Deswentwater Terrace and Langdale Avenue.

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