Artist paints the town green, blue, yellow… and red

September 1st 2016

An internationally-renowned artist has painted the town red, and many other striking colours, to brighten up Birmingham’s Beorma Quarter.

Graffiti and street artist Dan Kitchener (known as ‘DANK’) has created an eye-catching large mural on boards right across a shop front next to the Adagio Aparthotel.

The artwork was painted as part of the City of Colours street art festival in Digbeth.

Kitchener’s mural depicts a busy city centre street by night. His style is unmistakable, and can be seen adorning the walls of other cultural hotspots across the country, including London’s Brick Lane, Bristol and Blackpool.

Richard Thorne, our Commercial department Property Consultant, works with Kuwait-based investors Salhia Investments who own the property and are undertaking the multi-million-pound redevelopment of the Beorma Quarter. Pennycuick Collins have been appointed to manage the completed Phase I of the Beorma development.

He said: “”City of Colours has truly brightened up the Beorma Quarter and we’re proud to have supported the initiative. The new Quarter is an exciting development for the city and festivals like City of Colours highlight the huge role that art and culture play in the area.”

He added: “After being approached by the City of Colours team, via the Adagio Hotel, I contacted our client Salhia Investments who were happy to allow the street art painting by Dan Kitchener to be undertaken on the wooden boarding covering the windows of the shop beneath the hotel on the corner of Digbeth and Allison Street

“Salhia is in the process of undertaking the Beorma redevelopment in Digbeth. Phase one is now completed and comprises the Adagio Aparthotel and two shops beneath together with refurbishment of the former Digbeth Cold Store for office and business space, with a café bar or restaurants on the ground floor.

“Phases two and three are due to start at the end of this year and will comprise further offices, retail space and residential accommodation within the site bounded by Park Street, Digbeth in Allison Street and Well Lane, with a 30-storey mixed use tower block on the corner of Park Street

Becci Wright, director at City of Colours said: “Dan Kitchener’s work is one of a kind and we were delighted to welcome him to Birmingham. We think the mural represents the hustle and bustle of the thriving local area perfectly and we’re grateful to Salhia Investments for allowing us to use the space.”

City of Colours artwork on the Adagio Hotel
City of Colours artwork on the Adagio Hotel