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Wall Art is an important medium for the UK City of Culture

Wall Art is an important medium for the UK City of Culture

In 2009 Her Majesty’s Government announced and launched a city of culture prize.

“The overall aim of the United Kingdom (UK) City of Culture programme is to encourage the use of culture and creativity as a catalyst for change, to promote the development of new partnerships and to encourage ambition, innovation and inspiration in cultural and creative activity. Cities and areas, in the UK, that bid for the title will need to spell out their own vision for UK City of Culture and how they will use it in making a step change in their area and creating a lasting legacy.” (p 5, Department of Culture, Media & Sport,

So far there have been three cities who have been awarded this prestigious accolade, Derry/Londonderry in 2013, Kingston-upon-Hull in 2017 and Coventry have just won the award for 2021.

Each city has (will) promote wall art, in all its forms. Here are some of the best example:

2013 Derry/Londonderry

In 2013 Tourism Ireland unveiled an 18-metre mosaic created from images supplied through Facebook, on a wall in Derry-Londonderry to commemorate its role as the City of Culture 2013. The ‘Culture Wall’ was built from portraits submitted through a Tourism Ireland Facebook app created by Publicis London. Whenever a user uploaded a picture it was added to a digital image of the mosaic straight away. More than 27,000 people responded to Publicis’ initiative and the mosaic was rebuilt three times to allow for the volume of portraits submitted. The combined pictures create an image of a robin and the bridge at Derry. The online image was then printed to create an 18-metre-long artwork on the wall in the city centre, near Market Street, close to the city walls. It is hoped that the artwork will encourage people to visit the city to see themselves on the wall.

Niall Gibbons, the chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: "This unique piece of wall art has been a great way to allow everyone near and far to take part in this year’s City of Culture celebrations and will provide a wonderful legacy of the year."

The idea behind the artwork was to bring people together and leave a legacy in the city. Local artist Domnall Starkie was selected to contribute to the artwork by Tourism Ireland. His work is known to provide a social commentary in a graphic style and his winning piece was seen to symbolise the cultural identity of Derry. Publicis have taken this campaign further by launching an updated version of the Facebook app where people can see the finished work and watch videos about its making.

Jason Cobbold, the deputy managing director at Publicis London, said:

"We believe in leading change and this is about what brands do rather than just what they say. Putting this campaign into the real world shows this commitment…the digital reach and immediacy of Facebook allow a community of people to participate in something real and permanent.”

2017 Kingston upon Hull

In 2017, the footprints of thousands of babies born at Hull Women’s and Children’s Hospital were printed onto a unique piece of artwork as part of Hull 2017 Creative Communities Project Born Into A City Of Culture. With each special delivery, the artwork grew and now families with babies born in 2017 are invited to come and celebrate this exciting year at a special event in the Guildhall.

The project involved taking the footprint of every baby born in Hull in 2017 and using these images to create a unique piece of artwork. The babies’ footprints represent leaves, while midwives’ handprints also feature as the trunks of the trees. Every month, a new panel has been installed, to reveal a forest of trees.

At the event, there will be opportunities to purchase limited edition prints, canvases and postcards and there will be a photographer on-site to capture celebratory group photographs.

The celebration event runs from 9am to 3pm on Wednesday 24 January, and families are required to book a one hour slot. 

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2021 Coventry

On the 7th December 2017, Coventry was named as the UK City of Culture for 2021. The title is awarded every four years and Coventry will hope to emulate the success of Hull, which is UK City of Culture this year.

One of the arts projects supported by Coventry’s UK City of Culture bid was…the Gratitude Wall. Coventry University and the Herbert Art Gallery are working together on the Gratitude Wall project. The Gratitude Wall is a portable chalkboard wall, on which people can write things for which they are grateful. The wall is inspired by research conducted by Coventry’s University’s Hope 4 The Community group, which provides training for families affected by long-term conditions like autism. Part of their research focuses on the idea that the expression of gratitude improves mental health. The Gratitude Wall was launched at the Coventry University-sponsored Godiva Festival in July, where more than 1,000 people added their words to the wall.

The Gratitude Wall will go on display, throughout the year, for people to use at the Herbert Art Gallery, before going on tour across the region over the next year.

What fabulous examples of wall art these cities have created. However, they are quite large and would not fit the average home. They are also very costly to produce and beyond most people’s budget.

Don’t be too disappointed though, there is always…Brilliant Wall Art.

Brilliant Wall Art is the Midlands premier wall art and home accessory specialist. Based in Birmingham, Brilliant Wall Art have been providing decorative metal wall art and home accessories since 2006 with our primary goal being customer satisfaction.

The Brilliant Wall Art philosophy is simple:

"Provide an extensive range of contemporary and quality decorative metal wall art and home accessories at the lowest possible prices".

We stock a myriad of wall art styles, wall art designs and wall décor expressed in a diverse range of materials.

Please examine our BRILLIANT range here:

Metal Wall Art

Metal wall art sculptures are the vogue way of brightening up any room, choose from our stunning range featuring colourful, creative and unique designs, our metal tree wall art being a favourite for both homes and offices. If you are a fan of modern wall art, we can guarantee you will find the perfect pieces to complete any room. All our metal wall art items are carefully crafted from metal and are easy for you to wall mount. Perhaps you know someone who loves metal wall art decor, with various designs across our site making an ideal gift for any occasion. Large wall art also makes an artistic statement. With metal wall art flowers, fish, sailing yachts, lizards and much more to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice.

Contemporary Wall Art

If you are looking for a piece of modern art, our contemporary metal wall art designs offer art with an abstract twist. Perhaps our creative metal wall art is the perfect gift for someone you know? Our contemporary pieces feature iconic imagery portrayed throughout this collection, with a union jack scooter and Mini symbolising the UK's love of classic and modern art combined.

Abstract Art

Our modern abstract pieces of wall art to add design flare to any wall or room. Abstract art seeks to break away from traditional representations of physical objects. It explores the relationships of forms and colours, whereas more traditional art represents the world in recognizable images.

Wooden Wall Art

Wooden wall art sculptures are a great natural way to decorate any room, with some pieces displayed below combining wood and metal wall art. Our wooden sign wall art is one of our best-selling collections, due to the multiple quotations available, there really is a saying to match every household. A few pieces throughout our wooden wall decor collection are exclusively sold by us. All our wooden wall art pieces are carefully crafted and designed to easily wall mount.

Rope Wall Art

Are you looking for a piece of themed rope art to add to your home or office? All the unique designs feature rope, putting a creative twist on modern artwork. Our tree and flower rope wall art is a favourite, adding a natural feel to any room. With designs combined with a touch of metal wall art, this collection is selling out fast. This abstract art is hand-made, easy to hang, with most designs finished with a rustic distressed appearance, a great style for both rural or urban properties. Whether you are looking to treat yourself or find the perfect gift, our rope wall art is guaranteed to be the talking point of any room.

Resin Wall Art

Resin wall art is a great way to bring an outdoor feel into a home, with a conservatory being the ideal room to display the pieces in. A mixture of sculpture wall art and resin wall art panels are displayed below. Our resin animal heads wall art is one of our best-selling collections, each handmade from polyresin, a unique addition to any home. All our resin wall art pieces can be carefully hung on a wall, or a few pieces such as the resin Gecko's can be free standing if you prefer. If you favour our resin collection, you may also be a fan of our glass wall art.

Glass Wall Art

A striking range of colourful glass wall art which can be hung on walls throughout homes or offices is shown below. Our stained-glass wall art is particularly stunning, ideal to brighten up a room throughout the year. All our pieces displayed below are handmade, with care and dedicated time taken to craft within each metal frame section.

If you would like to know more about any of our collections on our Website, please contact us today.

We wish all our customers a very Happy New Year!!!


Bring out the Artist in You…Your walls are Your Blank Canvas!!!

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