Updating Colchester with Top Mural Artist Dan Kitchener
PUBLISHED: 24 March 2022
Date issued: 24 March 2022
Residents of Colchester, Essex can enjoy an exciting new piece of art in the town centre from today, until the end of April 2022.
Professional mural artist, Dan Kitchener, who has been invited to paint in some of the biggest cities around the world, has been commissioned to create a temporary artwork to mark the St Nicholas Square redevelopment as part of the Updating Colchester campaign.
Sharp-eyed locals might have seen Kitchener, who has worked with top stars such as Kylie Minogue, Miley Cyrus, Lenny Kravitz, working incognito at the site over the weekend. He believes in keeping the creative process private, taking all his own reference shots, and creating every aspect of his murals without assistants or teams. Kitchener has worked his way around the world to become one of the leading figures in the street art world. With his instantly recognized style, he has painted huge murals globally including Tokyo, Hong Kong, USA, Europe and the UK.
This commission, appearing on the side of the old Co-op building on St Nicholas Square, is part of the Updating Colchester, Pop-up Art project, designed to bring awareness to the wide range of capital works taking place in the borough.
Leader of Colchester Borough Council, Councillor Paul Dundas said: “I am really pleased to have an artist of Dan Kitchener’s calibre featuring on the new art trail. I’ve no doubt his exciting work will help drive footfall to the town centre, benefitting the retail and hospitality businesses in the local area. This is a great way to celebrate the forthcoming development at the adjacent St. Nicholas Square. I’m excited to see the whole trail come together and would encourage people to come and take a look for themselves.”
Kitchener’s street painting forms one of six temporary artistic interventions taking place throughout Colchester in late March 2022. Other sites include Queen Street, Northern Gateway Sports Park, St Marks Community Centre, Stanway Community Centre and Greenstead. Residents can keep an eye out on social media and the Updating Colchester website to find out when and where the art will pop-up as well as downloading a route map to explore the projects.