Street art is a striking and effective way to improve the appearance of the city centre.
Our first art collaboration brightened up what was a drab alleyway on Coney Street, close to Boots and WHSmith.
We worked with York gallery The Art of Protest on the project. They brought in artists Craig Evans and Tom Jackson, who work together under the name STATIC, and they created this stunning work in three days.
It has turned a city centre eyesore into an Instagram hotspot.
We would like this to be the beginning of a new collaboration between the BID and The Art of Protest, and will seek to support other city centre street art projects when they match our manifesto commitment to enhancing the appearance of York city centre.
Our second street art venture was the giant Tansy Beetle mural on Queen Street. York BID contributed to the project as part of their remit to keep the city centre vibrant and interesting.
Andrew Lowson, Executive Director said, ‘York BID was very happy to support in funding this project, as our business plan has an objective to enhance street art in the city. When we heard about the tansy beetle mural, we knew it fitted the criteria of what the BID is trying to achieve in adding a splash of colour to the city. What makes this artwork particularly interesting is its focus on a species that is unique to York. It is something that will raise awareness; something we can celebrate and has an important environmental message behind it. We are delighted with the finished mural and have heard lots of positive feedback’
The mural was completed by street artist ATM, and celebrates the tansy beetle which is a local conservation success story.