Brown's Tunnel under the A52 is the new legalised spot for graffiti

A Nottingham underpass has been gifted to local street artists to create their artwork on, following an agreement with National Highways.

Brown’s Tunnels under the A52 is now a legal space for professional street artists to work on, the second such space in Nottingham.

This new arrangement means that local artists now have a place to paint without fear of being prosecuted for vandalism, however this only covers artists.

“…this initiative offers people an opportunity to express themselves in a safe environment.”

Sam Pinnock, National Highways route manager

Artists can only paint in the areas permitted and must not paint anything offensive or distracting to drivers. They must also clean up after themselves.

National Highways, the organisation responsible for the new space said they understand the importance of supporting local groups and that “this initiative offers people an opportunity to express themselves in a safe environment”.

Artists have already started to add their creations to the underpass transforming what was once a rundown tunnel into another beautiful addition to Nottingham’s growing street art canvas.

Sneinton market is one of the city’s art and culture hotspots and hosts the Nottingham Street Art Festival every year. But art here is not legalised which builds the case for more legalised graffiti locations.

The only street art left in Sneinton Market

Emily Catherine is a local artist in Nottingham who is responsible for the Paul Smith mural that covers the Briks Barbershop.

She has welcomed the new spot for expressing her artwork.

“It’s really good to be able to know that I can go out with a group to try things out,” she says.

She adds that legal spaces both enable artists a place to work legally but also ensures their safety.

Emily Catherine, Street Artist, on why this space is important to her