Face of a woman on Brightmoor Court

Nottingham has artworks scattered around the city for public viewing pleasure – here are some from the most well-known artists.

Still being a relatively young movement, street art has the platform to promote diversity while constantly evolving. Although, some graffiti artists believe it is unethical to forget and stigmatise the origins.

‘Kid30’ is one of the most prevalent street artist across Nottingham. Being part of the ‘Oxygen Thieves’ crew he is recognised for his bold style and ability to paint on different surfaces.

Mural on the side of a building on Broad Street by Kid30

It’s not just street goers that love pieces like his – art galleries in the city do, too. 

Ruth Read, senior retail and operations manager of the George Thornton Art Gallery says, “Graffiti has a fantastic impact in Nottingham. We’ve got lots of quite famous street artists in Nottingham, like Kid 30, who have shaped the identity.” 

She continues: “It’s something that we should embrace – it makes the city individual. The public perception now is that if it’s beautiful, we should protect it.” 

The gallery deals with a couple of graffiti artists from Nottingham, “We have sold artwork from Small Kid and Kid 30. Quast and Neil do pieces on different mediums for us that we can, promote to collectors in the gallery.”

They also have artists who started out as street artists that are now working on canvases. “We believe that street art is suitable for the environment, but in the gallery as well.” 

If you’re looking to scout out some street art in Notts, there are a few places you can snap pictures. 

The ‘Notts Hall of Fame’ artwork was created by Kid30, Rikki Marr, Jamie Gubson, Espira, Yayzus, Toby Anderton, Ian Jones, Charlotte Thomson-Morley and Robert Howie Smith showcasing high profiles in Nottinghamshire.

Iconic figures of Nottingham on Stoney Street, ‘Notts Hall of Fame’

The ‘Broadway Eye’ by Kid30, Kaption One and waste studio offers a creative visual perspective for the independent Broadway Cinema which was voted one of the best cinemas in the world by Total Film Magazine.

Colourful eye outside Broadway Cinema on Broad Street

Artwork next to ‘Kitty Café’ provides an authentic look in coherence with the café itself. The café is known for wondering cats for comfort.

Ginger cat on the side of ‘Kitty Café’ building on Spaniel Row

Nottingham based artist Alex Rube created ‘Luddites’ in December 2021 which illustrates his signature style of street art – murals on large surfaces. Recently, he has completed a month-long art residency in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Birds flying with a purple background at Fletcher Gate car park by Alex Rube

More of Kid30’s work showcases his bold colours and creative style:

Black and grey ‘skeleton’ tortoise on Broad Street
Robotic theme with ‘Boaster’ on Woolpack Lane
Unique interpretation of Homer Simpson and Rick from ‘Rick and Morty’ on George Street

‘Boaster’, Nottingham born graffiti artist, is a member of the ‘The Shrunken Heads’ (predominantly wall art) and ‘In Living Colour’ (digital art). Unique and original in his art forms, he mainly focuses on characters and colourful patterns.

Different characters and landscapes on Goose Gate by ‘Boaster’

What is the divide?

However, some people have contrasting views towards street art. 18-year-old graffiti artist, Otis, who would like to remain anonymous says, “Among the graffiti writers street art is heavily frowned upon.

“This is because the stuff we do is considered illegal and as soon as it is called street art people love it.

“The difference being street art is built on symbols and images.

“Name based graffiti has been turned into something so far from the original purpose.”