Palestinian artist Taqi Spateen to unveil new mural in Leeds

The internationally recognised Palestinian artist Taqi Spateen is set to unveil a new mural on the gable-end of Convention House on 16 May 2024.

The artwork is the first in a series of five murals – part of a new international graffiti art project by Bethlehem Cultural Festival – to be painted by the artist in Leeds, Glasgow, Bristol, Stroud and London.

Taqi is in residency with us from 8th to 17th May 2024. During his time in Leeds, he is exploring the local street art scene and public artworks including Yinka Shonibare CBE’s Hibiscus Rising, and visiting architectural icons in the city to inspire the creation of the mural. 

Jon Wakeman, our Artistic Director, said: “Since 7th October, I have been struggling to know how East Street Arts should respond to the Palestinian conflict and the ongoing humanitarian crisis. As an organisation working with artists and creatives, we believe any statement should come from a Palestinian artist. I’m pleased that we’ve been able to offer a wall on one of our buildings, plus accommodation and equipment; allowing Taqi to devote time to creating this new work as a statement of his hope and vision for a Palestinian future. It has been a pleasure to meet Taqi and support him in developing a piece that speaks for him and his situation.

The mural will be launched at an event, opened by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Al Garthwaite, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Thursday 16 May 2024. Taking place at Convention House, St Mary’s Lane, LS9 7DP, the event will also include a talk by the artist.

Taqi’s Leeds residency is a collaboration between Leeds Palestinian Film Festival (currently celebrating their 10th anniversary), East Street Arts (currently marking their 30th anniversary) and Bethlehem Film Festival.

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