Leicester’s beer gardens have been given a new lease of life thanks to the Art on Tap trail, bringing colourful murals by international and local artists to outdoor spaces in licensed premises.
BID Leicester have funded the Art on Tap trail, working with local arts organisation ArtReach to commission incredible new works in pub courtyards around the city centre. Art on Tap aims to bring the gallery to high street, so that visitors can enjoy new large-scale murals over their favourite refreshments in the venues they know and love.
Seven artworks are spread across the city, including works by:
- Laura Parker at The Tree, High Street
- Katie Fishlock at The Parcel Yard, London Road
- Zoe Power at the Rutland & Derby, Millstone Lane
- Rosie and Ramona at Knight & Garter, Hotel Street
- The Rebel Bear at The Queen of Bradgate, High Street
- Oliwia Bober at Bruxelles Leicester, High Street
- Tinuke Fagboran at The Tree, High Street
The artworks have a theme of reconnection, from our relationships with nature to those with people around us and ourselves. Full descriptions of the artists and meanings behind each mural can be found by following the Art on Tap Trail on the LoyalFree app.
As well as brightening up these spaces, the trail has been designed to support pubs and bars with reopening and attracting customers after the pandemic. BID Leicester Director, Simon Jenner, said:
“As the city’s beer gardens welcome customers this summer, visitors can enjoy colourful and inspiring murals in locations where we would not usually expect to see art.
“After a difficult year for pubs and bars, the Art on Tap trail will move customers around the city and drive footfall directly into businesses, as people seek out all of these artworks and enjoy a few drinks in some of the city’s great venues.”
Amy, manager at The Tree, said, “We’re so happy to be able to host artworks as part of the Art on Tap trail. Laura is so talented, and it was great to get to know her and see her working. The mural has brought a new lease of life and a splash of colour to our garden. It’s already been a hit with customers, and we look forward to having a second mural in place and welcoming some new faces to The Tree as people explore all the Art on Tap trial locations.”
For the artists, it’s a chance for their work to be seen by a new audience. “It’s wonderful to be able to have my work on display in such an unusual location,” says Oliwia, who has painted a mural in the garden of Bruxelles Leicester. “It makes me happy to know people will be able to enjoy this artwork whilst socialising and having fun in the city after such a difficult time. I hope it will be the background of pictures from great days and nights out for years to come!”
Those wanting to visit all the locations can find the trail on the LoyalFree app, free to download from app stores. The app features all the trail locations along with information about the artists and their work.
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