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UK's longest graffiti mural painted in Bradford

23 September 10

International street artist Mohammed Ali will paint the UK's longest graffiti mural at the University of Bradford next week (Sept 28-Oct 1), creating 950 square metres of his distinctive murals.

Friday 1 October; 2-3.30pm;
University of Bradford.
International graffiti artist Mohammed Ali will complete his largest ever commission live in response to percussion and performances by urban poets David J and MC Jonzi-D.

UK’s longest graffiti mural painted in Bradford

The project, called Life in the Wall, will focus on the power of education – and words – to transform society and the world. Ali will centre his painting around powerful quotes from activists and public figures on themes such as unity, positive change and the environment, showing that the pen can overpower the sword. His morally conscious murals are known for reaching out to all people in all communities.

The artist will also be giving a free lecture about the project and his work across the globe at 5.30pm on Wednesday 29 September, at the Norcroft Centre on the University campus. Entry is by ticket from

The project will conclude with a grand finale at 2pm on Friday 1 October where people can watch Ali complete the 428m long painting live in direct response to performances from urban poets David J and MC Jonzi-D. Entry is free and no tickets are needed. More details from

“Seeking knowledge and bettering ourselves as human beings by gaining knowledge is one of the core principles that drives me in the work that I do and is reflected in the themes that I paint, so it makes perfect sense to be working with an educational establishment like the University of Bradford,,” says Ali.

“Bradford is a vibrant city, but one that has faced many challenges. It feels like an ideal place for my next canvas, using art to enhance the lives of people and bring something fresh and new into the public space.”

The artwork will cover building site hoardings for a cutting-edge student accommodation development called The Green.  The student village is being constructed on the University campus to the highest environmental standards and will include a range of features to allow – and teach – students to live in a sustainable way.

Some of Ali’s artwork will be incorporated into the student village, but the University also plans to offer some of the painting to local schools and community groups to help Ali’s work – and message – reach out as widely as possible.

The Green has been created by the University and developers Listerhills SSV Limited – a joint venture by Welbeck Land Limited and the Hayaat Group. The development is being constructed by GB Building Solutions in a joint venture with Balfour Beatty Engineering Services. The Green has received support from Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Yorkshire Forward.

The art commission has been made possible by sponsorship from the developer. The developer and University hope the project will generate discussion of environmental issues and explore how education can provide solutions to some of our most pressing environmental and social concerns.

 “As one of the most environmentally-friendly universities in the UK, we are incredibly proud to be at the forefront of environmental education and practice,” says University of Bradford Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark Cleary. “This project is a very exciting part of that, using art to highlight how education can transform people, society and the world. This is an extension of our programme Education for Sustainable Development, which involves us educating every single student here about environmental issues.”

Mohammed Ishtiaq, Managing Director of Mi7 Developments, said: “This is an important scheme that supports the ongoing regeneration of Bradford and will create a landmark education facility where students can live in a truly sustainable way. We are now approaching the midway point of phase one, which is certainly considered the critical gateway to the wider scheme. With work soon starting on further phases, we will begin to see a transformation of this area which will have a lasting positive impact on the local economy and environment.”

23 September 10

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