#StreetStories

Street Stories Wolverhampton

Enjoy Wolverhampton has worked with the Street Stories team of design agency Arch Creative and Graffio Arts to deliver a new vacant-units project. We improve the appearance of empty shops in the city centre and turn them into vibrant points of interest.

We worked with eight local artists (and one surprise legend) spanning a range of styles and mediums. Street Stories celebrates the innovative achievements of pioneering people from Wolverhampton and explores some powerful themes including technology in art, colour theory, mental health, the cosmos, growth and decay, and local history.

Follow the trail of artworks around the city and bring them to life with multi-sensory animations triggered by a free smartphone app. Download the Street Stories AR App now and discover the tales Wolverhampton has to tell.

City Art Trail and Augmented Reality Experience

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Click the numbers below to find out where you can view the artworks

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Goldie

7 Hampton Walk, Queen Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1TQ

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1 Hampton Walk, Queen Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1TQ

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19 The Gallery, Mander Centre, Wolverhampton WV1 3NG

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9/11 central arcade (upper mall), Wolverhampton, WV1 3NH

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Wolverhampton Railway Station, Railway Dr, Wolverhampton WV1 1LE

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25-26 Queen Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1TQ

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2/3 Princess Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1HQ

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2/3 Princess Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1HQ

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Discover our featured artists

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Eve Whitfield is a digital illustrator and recent graduate from the University of Wolverhampton. She achieved a first and won an award for outstanding professional development in visual practice.

Eve’s specialty is semi-realistic portrait illustrations. She loves to capture people and their stories in her work, so she was an ideal candidate for Street Stories. Although she has specialised in digital work, she is branching out into murals and street art, completing murals inspired by Adventure Time and Bob Ross.

Her portrait subjects include Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, and now Goldie. Her other subjects include cars, food, and character illustrations of Jesse Pinkman, Walter White, and a range of Star Wars favourites.

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Goldie

Goldie: musician, producer, artist, actor; he can sell golden grills, conduct an orchestra, is one of a handful of creatives to co-write with David Bowie. The man’s a certified polymath whose merits are near impossible to boil down . . . but it all started in Wolverhampton.

A 1986 exhibition at Wolverhampton’s art gallery introduced Goldie to the British Arts Council, while his street art and pioneering music in jungle and drum n bass shot him off into stardom.

A Wolverhampton legend from humble origins, Goldie is a testament to the fact that our beginnings don’t have to define how far we can go in life.

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7 Hampton Walk, Queen Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1TQ

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Angel Bottley

Angel’s works explore natural scenes, such as a koi pond, seascapes, forests, the night sky, and the stars beyond.

She often uses UV paint in her works, making them two-in-one pictures. They look realistic under regular lighting and then take on a surreal otherworldly quality under a blacklight.

Angel is represented by Hammond Galleries.

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1 Hampton Walk, Queen Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1TQ

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Keri Hunt

Keri Hunt finds humour and inspiration in the ordinary details of life.

She has seen Wolverhampton transform again and again in her lifetime. In the 1980s, Heathtown was nicknamed “Firetown” because of the area’s high crime rates and firearms. Living in a concrete jungle can take its toll. After a period of depression in 2017, Keri began venturing out with her camera.

“I took pictures of my surroundings, forcing myself out. I started noticing little things that made me smile amongst the rubble. The contrast between nature and industry, the locked-up building site with vivid graffiti surrounding the perimeter and the abandoned trolley stolen from Asda.”

Three years after taking these pictures, the whole world became isolated, making these images even more poignant.

“My work posits that the area isn’t defined by what it is but instead by what it isn’t. Whether looking at the big picture or zooming in on an odd detail, I capture a unique vision of the West Midlands today.”

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19 The Gallery, Mander Centre, Wolverhampton WV1 3NG

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Amanda Keeton

Amanda Keeton is a graphic artist with a 1st Class Hons in Surface Pattern and Floor Covering Design. Having worked as a designer for a major greeting card company for many years, she saw a lot of her card and wrapping paper designs in Asda, Sainsbury’s and Clintons across the country.

Over time, Amanda has continued to develop her artistic style, drawing inspiration from nature and a love of art as a form of escapism from the real world. She was accepted into the Wolverhampton Society Of Artists in 2019 and has since gone on to exhibit ‘Farmyard Gangsters’ at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery in 2022 which won the ‘Felix Award’ that was presented by the mayor. This is awarded to artists whose work brings benefits to health and wellbeing.

“Creating art is something that brings me great joy and if the final artwork makes other people happy, then I feel as an artist you have achieved your ultimate goal!”

Amanda is donating a percentage of print sales to The Brain Tumour Charity and Young Minds, two charities close to home and heart. Her aim is to form a lasting partnership with both so her work can continually support theirs.

View Amanda’s work on Instagram @amanda_keeton_art
@candypop_art_design

Email amandakeeton.art@gmail.com for print details

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9/11 central arcade (upper mall), Wolverhampton, WV1 3NH

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The Colour Palette Company

The Colour Palette Company is the brainchild of Birmingham-based designer and writer Stacey Barnfield, whose first colour palette for his home city blew up on social media in January 2021.

Stacey believes great design and typography should be fun, accessible, and celebratory.

The Colour Palette Company characterises a region through a gradient of colour swatches, packed with references to the people and places that make our hometowns unique.

Using design to highlight the special qualities of a town — this was such a meeting of the minds that they were a natural choice for Street Stories.

View their work at thecolourpalettecompany.com

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Wolverhampton Railway Station, Railway Dr, Wolverhampton WV1 1LE

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Belinda Maria Longsden

These images were all created using brushstrokes or collage. They create an optical illusion and can appear to move (before using AR) due to the colours and composition used.

Belinda’s artwork is based on everyday images and objects which surround us, from newspapers on the ground to galaxies above. She aims to bring the viewer’s attention to the beauty in everyday things by changing the way we see them.

“The way the artwork is realised is unimportant to me as long as the method I employ portrays the idea.”

After graduating in 2008 Belinda has been part of many art projects in Wolverhampton from running pop up shops, small galleries, festivals and her own business White Bee Gallery.

View Belinda’s work at belindamarialongsden.com

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25-26 Queen Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1TQ

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Steve Edwards

Graffoflarge is the fusion of camouflage into graffiti.

Originally having started out as a pattern master, eventually crossing over into abstract street art.

Having then experienced a chance commission by the Dulux ‘Lets Paint’ project of a Tiger led to a change in direction and influence for Steves’s art. Since then he has continued to paint creatures/animals in his own unique style. Incorporating his Surface Pattern roots.

He is also experienced in creating large format pieces and murals with vast experience working with councils and local authorities.

Further working with an ever-expanding network of primary, Secondary, and Special schools, delivering my own unique hands on workshops. Not many artists offer the chance for kids to actually use spray paint on the murals themselves.

Most recently Steve has worked with the Substance Recovery/Refugee and migrant sector.

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2/3 Princess Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1HQ

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Chris Long & David A Lindon

Chris Long has spent the last 15 years creating geometric optical illusions; effects that can make shapes appear to be moving or 3D. His latest work has involved combining techniques to create even more pronounced optical illusions. His aim is to create dramatic effects that draw the viewer in as they work out what is going on in the piece.

Chris’s work is closely connected with his diagnosis on the autistic spectrum and has been a great source of therapy for the stress and anxiety that can cause.His inspirations include Bridget Riley, M.C.Escher, and Victor Vasareley.

Taking Rembrandt’s masterpiece, The Night Watch, and pixelating it is certainly an ambitious project. But it doesn’t stop there. Other pixelated paintings include portraits of the late Queen Elizabeth II and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as reimaginings of the latter’s works.

Chris has now partnered with artist David A Lindon. David specialises in recreating artworks and scenes in extreme miniature. They’ve collaborated to make a tiny version of the pixelated Rembrandt, so small it can fit on the surface of the hat worn by its main subject in the original.

Chris is represented by Hammond Galleries.

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2/3 Princess Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1HQ

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