News / 27 Nov 2023

Alumni creates Reflections of Carnival mural

Rhian on a crane lift creating and painting the mural design alongside another person on the grown who is painting a grey hand onto the mural.

Photograph by Wes Foster and Hannah Platt

Rhian leaning over the side of a crane lift posing in front of the brightly coloured mural behind them.

Rhian Kempadoo-Millar. Photograph by Wes Foster and Hannah Platt

Photograph of a vibrant and colourful mural painted onto the end house in a row of terraces in Chapeltown

Reflections of Carnival mural. Photograph by Wes Foster and Hannah Platt

Visual artist, costume designer, and Millinery graduate Rhian Kempadoo-Millar has designed the Reflections of Carnival mural in Chapeltown to celebrate the rich and vibrant history of Leeds West Indian Carnival.

The public artwork (commissioned by East Street Arts in partnership with the Carnival Committee and Leeds City Council) is now being displayed following the 56th year of the iconic carnival.

Rhian graduated from Leeds Arts University (formerly known as Leeds College of Art) in Millinery and has worked as a costume designer for carnival, video games and film between the UK, USA and The Caribbean for over 25 years. 

"I am aiming to create something which honours Leeds West Indian Carnival and makes the community proud of all we have achieved artistically and culturally over these years.”

Rhian Kempadoo-Millar, Leeds Arts University alumni

The mural is part of East Street Arts’ award-winning ‘A City Less Grey’ series which brings new and unique artwork to the streets and neighbourhoods of Leeds. Rhian’s mural can now be viewed at 33 Savile Mount, Chapeltown, LS7 3HZ.

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