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Iceni Magazine | February 22, 2019

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Norwich’s £10,000 international call out to artists in its largest Urban Art Project to date

Norwich’s £10,000 international call out to artists

Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) is searching for an artist to fill its latest and largest Urban Art space in Norwich. 

Located at Riverside Entertainment, the 30 meter long ‘canvas’ is the 8th site ready to be transformed into an inspiring piece of outdoor street art following the theme: Norwich, the city of stories.

The winning artist can receive a commission of up to £10,000 to design and install their piece in Norwich city centre­­. Artists who do not have experience of installing a piece of this scale, have the option for Norwich BID to install and receive a reduced prize pot. See full terms and conditions on the Norwich BID website

Calling out for the first time to artists across the world, Norwich BID is searching for a truly exceptional artist to create a 21st century masterpiece for this magnificent medieval city during a year which sees big anniversaries and commemorations for some of the largest names in art history including Salvador Dali, Piet Mondrian, Leonardo Da Vinci and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Norwich city centre is already home to seven vibrant and eye-catching murals including a 3D bookshelf, a friendly dragon, and Norwich street scenes.  These pieces have brought otherwise ordinary buildings and unusual spaces to life, adding to the Norwich art story which is already a very rich cultural offer.

Stefan Gurney, Executive Director at the BID said, “This is a fantastic project for the city and we are delighted to spread the geographical reach of the murals to the expanded BID area. We want Norwich’s urban art to be executed in a distinctive way, with each piece unique to Norwich interpreting the city’s history, surroundings, and vision for the years ahead. Norwich’s story telling heritage isn’t just told about words, its stories are told through its architecture, culture and art.”

Ann Mitchell, General Manager at Riverside Entertainment said, “We are delighted to be part of the Urban Art project and see our building used as the canvas for the largest mural in the city. We are especially excited to invite entries that link to water, the river and Norwich’s industrial heritage”.


Entries for submissions close on Monday 4 March.

Visit for more details and a submission pack.


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