Sheffield's street art renaissance

It seems like every new month sees a new piece of 'street art' popping up somewhere in Sheffield at the moment. Local names like Kid Acne and Phlegm are becoming better known (and of course our current Kid Acne exhibition is helping) but there are a host of artists at work and the quality level seems to be on the up. This art may have its origins in the murkier world of graffiti, and it won't be to everyone's taste, but when done with skill and creativity it surely enhances the fabric of our city - especially those bits which are in need of some TLC. This is a global phenomenon, connecting Barcelona with Berlin, Sheffield with the world.

Park Hill flats has been receiving much media attention recently, in the build up to the first phase of its regeneration by Urban Splash being completed this October. Less attention has been given to the other two thirds of the Park Hill estate, one block of which is uninhabited. So it was with some pleasure that we noticed recently the new faces visible in some of the boarded up windows. The work of local artist Gary Hindley, these lovingly rendered portraits represent characters from Park Hill's community, past and present, including long-serving caretaker Grenville Squires. Find out more on the BBC South Yorks website here. Go Gary!  

Park Hill Flats street art

Sep 30 2011

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