Norwich Urban Art Project City Living

A new and unique piece of art measuring an astonishing 33 metres is now visible in Norwich city centre thanks to Norwich Business Improvement District (BID).

The city centre is already home to several murals, and this is the largest site to date.  Located above Frankie & Benny’s at Riverside Entertainment the massive façade has been transformed by a bright and vibrant piece of art.

The Urban Art project led by Norwich BID aims to enliven spaces in the city with dynamic large-scale murals responding to the theme of “Norwich, the City of Stories”. Following an international call for submissions in March 2019, over 30 original designs were received. The winning entry, designed and created by Matthew Owen and Ian Westbrook titled “City Living” incorporates local landmarks and activities along Norwich’s riverside.

Matthew Owen is a graduate of the Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) and is an accomplished illustrator and assistant set designer.  Ian Westbrook studied Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University and in 2016 won the Arts Entrepreneur Award.  Together Matthew and Ian have created a stunning piece of art for the city to enjoy.

Stefan Gurney, Executive Director, Norwich BID said, “We are excited to be unveiling the latest and largest City of Stories piece of art.  We are proud to be working with both Frankie & Benny’s and Riverside to showcase this stunning piece of work by two very talented designers.  Our urban art project adds to the cultural tourism in the city whilst positively building the perception of Norwich as a City of Stories”.

Ann Mitchell, Riverside Entertainment said, “Riverside Entertainment are pleased to have been chosen to house the very exciting piece designed by Matthew and Ian and feel it reflects the vibrancy and diversity of the area”.

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