Search for artist to paint huge five-storey mural on new mill development

Now that's a canvas...

By Ben Arnold | 9 April 2024

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An historic mill on the edge of the city is being offered up as a huge, five-storey canvas for an up-and-coming artist to paint a mural.

Developers Capital&Centric are looking to commission a Manchester artist for the paid-for art project, which will cover the side of Neptune Mill, in Piccadilly East.

The 19th century building on Chapeltown Street is currently being developed into 22,000 sq ft of creative workspaces. 

The mural would be finished in time for the first movers-in this summer.

Tom Wilmot, joint managing director at Capital&Centric, said: “Manchester’s street art scene is thriving, bringing colour and creativity to the city’s streets. Increasingly, some of the pieces are connected to brands and only available for a short spell for people to marvel at. 

Neptune Mill

“We want to hand over Neptune Mill to a talented artist to paint the piece they’ve always wanted to deliver, creating a permanent fixture on Manchester’s scene.

“The piece will mark the start of the building’s next chapter as a five-storey hub for businesses that want a creative, beautiful base.

“Work on site’s progressing well and the first occupiers will be able to move in and call Neptune home this summer.”

Artists interested in putting themselves forward can contact

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