Meanwood Media Box

This illustration was part of a larger community initiative to paint a trail of media boxes across Meanwood started by Meanwood Street Art. As negative news overwhelms our day to day lives, and the emotional and physical toll of isolating and regulations take hold, we need a spark of hope! Times like these encourage us to support one-another and look towards our communities for support.

The work brings art to every-day life by painting dull media boxes with colourful designs celebrating the richness and life of the local community. Street art removes barriers. It showcases art and creativity in a way that is immediately accessible to everyone in their own environment and lives. 
Each element of the design has been directly inspired by Meanwood, the local area; the shapes and patterns were taken from windows and gates near the box and the characters are based on people who have walked past while I have been drawing on location in the city of Leeds. A core value in my work is representation — I look to celebrate diversity and equality.

It was painted by hand over four days, which was a wonderful experience as people came and chatted to me while I worked.