News / 5th May 2024

Two murals unveiled on Shaftesbury Square and Dublin Road

As part of the BID’s sponsorship of the Hit the North Festival 2024, two impressive murals were completed in the Linen Quarter during the first week of May. The addition of high-quality street art on visible locations on Shaftesbury Square and Dublin Road forms part of the BID’s efforts to improve the streetscape between Shaftesbury Square and Bruce Street. Earlier interventions as part of the Great Expectations streetscape enhancement programme include vinyls, artwork, planting and murals. More details can be found here.

The Shaftesbury Square mural was installed by the French street artist Veks van Hillik and sits on the former Ulster Bank building. The artist’s dreamlike, surreal style takes influence from both popular culture as well as the Flemish masters of past centuries. Measuring approximately 80m2, it is a highly prominent piece of art that can be enjoyed by thousands of commuters and passers-by and on their way in to the City Centre.

The mural on the gable wall of 54 Dublin Road was installed by Sr. Papá Chango, who is a Mexican artist based in Berlin. He creates worlds and characters full of color, combining fantasy and everyday life, with a touch of baroque. Measuring approximately 50m2, it adds vibrancy and visual interest to the Dublin Road area.