New art for Pepper Lane from Coventry artist Matt Chu

Published Monday, 23 November 2020

A Coventry artist has been commissioned to work on a brand-new art piece which will be installed in Pepper Lane.

Matt Chu's Princess Nokia
An example of Matt’s previous work, Princess Nokia.

Earlier in the year, the Council did a call out for artists who were interested in working to help create art pieces that would be stitched onto the city centre improvement work ahead of 2021 and to create a legacy for local people.

Matt Chu, a professional artist and illustrator, who lives in Binley Woods, responded with an idea for a piece, entitled “At One with Cofa’s Tree”, which brings together elements of Coventry’s past, present and future.

Councillor David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “This is the first large-scale piece of art that we’ll be installing as part of our work to improve the city centre ahead of our year as city of culture. Matt’s idea was one of the most visually-striking and it’s fantastic that we can support a local artist. I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished piece!

“We have lots of very talented people in our city and it’s a very exciting time for local artists in all disciplines.”

Councillor Patricia Hetherton, Cabinet Member for City Services, said: “This is going to be a fantastic addition to Pepper Lane.”

“This is all part of our work to regenerate and improve the city centre and comes as the team have just finished re-paving Pepper Lane over the past few months, creating a much nicer walk between Broadgate and the Cathedral. The new piece will be really striking and eye-catching and we also have plans to install a living wall here too. It will really look lovely.”

Matt added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for an emerging artist and I feel especially proud that my first piece of mural art will be on display in my hometown. Seeing this part of the city’s culture recognised and celebrated now on such a scale is a proud moment for me and, I’m sure, all creatives in the city.

“I feel very strongly that City of Culture will inspire more people to take part and contribute to Coventry’s already vibrant creative scene.”

A planning application is set to be submitted later this month with the piece is set to be installed in January, as well as living walls being installed in the spring.

Coventry City Council