Four new sites to join town centre Street Art Trail

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Stockport has secured funding to add four more sites to a Street Art Trail to encourage people to explore the Underbanks area of the town centre.

Part of the wider Rediscovering the Underbanks initiative, the street art project was first announced in 2021 and is being led by Stockport Council and town centre Business Improvement District (BID), Totally Stockport, with funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The new tender has been released this week as part of the council’s Town of Culture status, with four high profile sites in the town chosen to be the home of the new creations.

The new artwork will be in addition to the exciting projects currently being created by GRIT Studios on Hopes Carr and Canal Street, along with the work taking place by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust on Coopers Brow.

Cllr Frankie Singleton, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Sport, said:

“These art installations will have a strong focus on storytelling and link to the history of the area.

“We are really excited and committed to ensuring that this project is driven by a diverse spectrum of artistic styles, including a cross-genre range of street art and mural styles.

“We already know we have a rich array of talent living and working in our borough, so I am really excited to see the creations that will further cement our Town of Culture status.”

Mike Lamont, Chair of Totally Stockport, Stockport’s BID, said:

“After the successful first phase of the Stockport Street Art project we are excited to be part once again of bringing more art to Stockport Town Centre – especially as we are Greater Manchester Town of Culture 2023.”

Artists interested in applying for the tender, should contact Townscape Heritage Assistant at Stockport Council, Rebecca Goddard,.

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