Click here to see the official Press Release announcing the project, 11 August 2021
Marching Out Together announced via our official Twitter page that we will be commissioning a landmark Marching Out Together mural in the heart of Leeds City Centre. This has been made possible largely thanks to a grant from Leeds Inspired which will cover the majority of the cost of this project. The mural will be painted in a prominent position, overlooking the York Road and the Burmantofts area, and will be seen by approximately 70,000 people per day. The brief for the project is that the piece “[…] will develop an iconic presence for fans of the club and people that associate with LGBT+ communities. It needs to be a strong, simple, creative message”, and has been created in consultation with our LGBT+ Fan group and the stakeholders involved. It is envisaged that the piece will be present for at least 5 years.
The mural, in collaboration with Leeds-based East Street Arts and Manchester-based Nomad Clan, is projected to be completed in the autumn of 2021, aims to promote and increase LGBT+ visibility in football, especially at a time where us fans cannot attend Elland Road in person just yet. It will compliment the growing number of murals and artwork present around Leeds, as well as being one of the few large LGBT+ artistic public projects in the city. Leeds United will use their considerable social media presence to help promote the project, the benefits of this being invaluable.
East Street Arts are an award-winning organisation who have extensive experience in communicating and engaging with the local community to consult on arts products, while Nomad Clan are experienced LGBT+ artists who have delivered murals locally and internationally, notably “Athena Rising” at Leeds Station. Leeds United Football Club, and the Leeds United Academy will also work with us on this project. We are also consulting with LUDO – Leeds United Disabled Organisation with the aim of making the piece as accessible as possible.
The cost for this project will be approximately £10,000, with the majority of which being covered by the Leeds Inspired grant. We will also be holding fundraising events soon to fun the remainder of the costs, with some great Leeds United prizes, so keep an eye on our social media pages for details!
‘Hart Island’ with Noman Clan for New York City ‘Pride’ and Stonewall (2019)
Pic Brooklyn Street Art
‘My Body’ with Urban Nation, Berlin (2018)
‘My Body’ studio (Berlin 2018). Pic - Nika Kramer.
As proud Leeds United supporters we are excited to establish a new group that will welcome fellow LGBT+ fans and their friends.