Leicester is fortunate to be home to a huge selection of legal street art sites. These sites offer a canvas for artists to showcase and refine their skills. Although it is legal to paint on these sites it is important to be aware that some of these sites have specific restrictions or require additional permissions so it is important to check the notes on each site for any additional information and requirements.
A general code of conduct is to only paint over what you can better. If you have just started out and are unsure which site is suitable please contact the team at GraffHQ for further advice.
To ensure longevity and the security of these sites it is important to respect the local areas and the sites themselves. Please ensure that any waste is taken with you and that neighbouring areas are respected and not painted.
UPPINGHAM ROAD, LEICESTER, LE5 2BE
Humberston Park walls are designated in the centre of the park with a pathway bridge directly across. Along the side of this bridge are steps going down the embankment which provide access. These walls are made of smooth concrete and are approximately 6ft tall. There is room for roughly 20 well sized pieces. There is free parking within the park itself.
Please note that there is no wheelchair or ramp access down the embankment to the walls themselves.
Short Street is based in the city centre just by St Margarets Bus Station. It is only the wooden hoardings that are to be painted. The opposite wall is not legal to paint and you may be prosecuted for doing so. There is CCTV on site to enforce this restriction so please be conscious of this.
Being such a central location this site receives a lot of pedestrian and vehicle traffic so please be aware of this at all times and respect the access requirements when painting.
Launched on 10th August 2019 by Graffwerk, GraffHQ and Leicester City Council this is the latest addition to the many legal sites within Leicester. A mixture of undercover and outdoor plots with a variety of sized walls this is a perfect city centre location whatever the weather. A number of underpass tunnels, a central open air space and large walls alongside either steps or ramps this site is extensive. St Margarets Underpass comprises of brick, pebble dashed and tiled walls so it’s perfect whatever your surface preference. A very central location with ramp access this is right by St Margarets Bus station itself. Short Street and the Soar Lane hoardings are both nearby hoarded sites. This site also contains a section for beginners so no matter your ability there is a dedicated space to have a go.
Based on the corner of Yeomen Street as it meets Humberstone Gate this wall on the side of Skandals pub is a great wall for a large sized piece. Take a small step up with you to reach full height. The pub owner always appreciates a heads up if you are painting this site as it’s his wall that he has given permission to use.
An important staple for local artists this site is often a favourite for visitors to the city. A huge stretch of smooth concrete over 8 ft high that forms part of a storm drain this is a pleasure to paint. It’s worth being aware that the site can flood during and after heavy rainfall so pay attention to the recent weather should you plan to paint here.
To paint this site you must obtain permission on the day from PK Automotives whose garages are just across from this site. The owners often park vehicles behind these hoardings and painting this site without agreement can result in damage to the vehicles behind the hoardings which you will be liable for. If the garage is closed you must assume that the site cannot be painted. This site is just around the corner from Lineker Road so if the site cannot be painted follow the street round to Lineker.
Some of the hoardings aren’t as in good shape as round the corner but there is a good section in good condition.
It’s important not to paint over any of their signage as this will cause issues for the long term status of this as a legal site.
Lineker Road consists of a large stretch of wooden hoardings that were replaced in late 2017. They are in very good shape and for the first paint were coated in masonry emulsion so there is no issue with flaking boards or paint. These walls are great for photos as there is plenty of room to view the site and as they are close to the football stadium they receive a lot of traffic on match days. There is on street day rate parking however on match days parking is difficult and nearby car park prices increase for the day.
The only legal walls on this site at the time of printing are the walls directly on the Lock 42 / Stayfree Music building and the wooden hoardings facing opposite. There are walls painted nearby that are no longer legal painting sites and the building owners will seek prosecution should this happen. If you wish to paint these sites please pop into to the nearby Graffwerk Mill and speak to the in house paint shop team to confirm. This site is close to the paint shop and it is essential that the surrounding area is respected and litter is taken with you. There is free parking outside the Graffwerk Mill and an onsite cafe.
The Music Cafe is home to two on site exterior legal plots. One is a small plot for one person and comprises of 4 8 by 4 boards fixed to the walls. The second is a larger plot that would fit 2-3 pieces depending on the size of work. Both sections of hoardings are in good condition. Artists are requested not to paint on the surrounding brickwork. There is on street parking directly by this wall. The Music Cafe itself and there are regular events at the venue so it’s always worth checking out what’s on
Arranged by local artist AMPLE this site is home to fixed wooden boards that face onto the ball court. Close to Stocking Farm Post Office this site offers a platform for artists of all abilities to develop their skills.
This site has fond memories for many of Leicesters graffiti artists as this has been a legal plot for many years. When open there are internal site plots and when closed there is a large space for lots of pieces on the external wall. There have been plenty of jams at this site as there is extensive space. The walls are slatted concrete so it’s worth being conscious of the intermittent fence posts. If you only want to paint smooth walls only paint this site when the playground is open. Contact the team at Goldhill Adventure Playground if this is something you are interested in. There are walls for most levels of abilities however please only paint over what you can better.
Comprising of huge walls and large scale burner productions this is a site for seasoned painters with an established skill set. The owners of this site have requested that this is to be managed by local artist MONO and as such it is not legal to paint this location unless you have discussed this with him directly. Well worth checking out for the artwork alone.