“Get Walls” is a collaborative project involving Moosey Art and the SHhhh Collective, and the idea is simple. Get walls to paint on. The aim is to gain approved permission to paint on residential and commercial properties in Norwich, working with local and international artists in order to decorate and brighten up the city.
Get Walls wish to (legally) liven up the city, and contribute to its culture, while also giving artists the opportunity to showcase their art to a wider audience (and inspire others). We believe that a city with a lot of public art acts as a tourist attraction and generates interest in a city. You see it in the continent with Berlin and Amsterdam, and in Britain with cities such as Brighton and Bristol having reputations as having bright, vibrant and youthful art scenes with a large amount of visible (and legal) street art.
What is special about Get Walls is that the target audience is the general public. Essentially, each piece of work is there to brighten up a wall in the public domain for the enjoyment of the public. Get Walls goes beyond just brightening up a wall for the general public. Seeing a large piece of street art/mural encourages and inspires young artists in the city. It is also our hope that by decorating large walls legally throughout Norwich, we can discourage ‘taggers’ from illegal graffiti and encourage them to actually work along side us and develop as artists. As a side note we also hope that through carrying out this work in the city we can cover up existing acts of vandalism like this and make it into something appealing to everyone.
We work very hard in promoting and distributing any such events and artwork on all forms of social media. As more and more walls in Norwich are painted, the more the art world will take note. Norwich has always prided itself on being a city of culture. Local, unique businesses and points of interest have helped to support this, brining in trade and tourism and it is our belief that the ‘Get walls’ project fits into this category. Since painting barrack street (see above) alone the positive feedback and response has been beyond our expectations and we can only anticipate that the more walls we gain as part of this project the greater the reaction.
To conclude, the ‘Get walls’ project is an exciting opportunity to add to the distinctive, vibrant feel of Norwich and we believe that with the right funding and by working along side the council we can only improve our city through this project.
If you're interested in having a wall painted or would like a commissioned piece done in your home, restaurant, office space then please don't hesitate to get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or pop in to the Moosey Art Gallery and have a chat.