UNIT 44 × CANAL LEEDS + PHLEGM

Canal Mills launched last year as a venue for providing an open space for artists, musicians and general creatives. The venue, since opening last year, has gone from strength to strength in hosting some of the biggest events in leeds and the surrounding area. They’ve now teamed up with Unit 44 who own an industrial gallery space in Newcastle and work with artists from around the globe curating individual and innovative projects.

The result of this collaboration? Phlegm.

Naah, not that nasty stuff, but the renowned muralist Phlegm who has been commissioned by Canal mills and curators Unit 44 to transform the historic Leodensian Mill into a permanent living narrative which will be housed permanently in and on the multi-arts venue.

Highlighted as one of the UK’s most exciting and unique muralists, Phlegm is an internationally recognised artist who heralds from nearby Sheffield. Having showcased his work in New York, London and Milan, his passion lies in inhabiting an architectural space. Originally an illustrator and cartoonist Phelgm’s work is highly detailed, with distinctive figures and narrative structure. The form of his murals no doubt develop from his second artistic life as a comic artist. There’s an old world aesthetic, something close to woodblock printing, which makes the work stand out against the crowd. And there is a tremendous understanding of scale too. Having showcased his work at major street art festivals like Nuart, he’s also a anonymous artist letting his work speak for itself.

The upcoming installation is being curated by Newcastle based Unit44. The creative collective was born from three overlapping business backgrounds coming together via mutual appreciation of contemporary printmaking, street murals and paintings. Danny Hughes, Curator of Unit44 says: ‘It’s great to be finally working with PHLEGM, he’s an incredible artist with such a signature style. We were simply waiting for the right project. As soon as we stepped into Canal Mills I was sure that this was the right marriage of artist and installation. Modernistic beauty mixed with history & architecture… should be really interesting.’ 

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Words: Mary Howell