Artist Kid Acne put on spot to bring magic to city street

Paul Whitehouse

HE is best known for signature designs which have featured on everything from Prada T shirts to skateboards and bar interiors.

Now Sheffield artist and illustrator Kid Acne has been commissioned to add some of his artistic magic to The Moor area, which is undergoing a multi-million pound redevelopment.

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He has designed hoardings on the Eyre Street side of the site, where the city’s new markets complex is due to take shape.

The images were designed to reflect the growing confidence in the area, and feature the slogans “Everyone’s a winner” and “You can’t go wrong”.

Other art exhibitions are also being held in previously vacant shops on The Moor in an attempt to provide a fresh attraction for visitors.

In November, RREEF UK, a branch of Deutsche Bank which owns The Moor, was given planning permission to build an indoor market and eight shops fronting on to the street.

It is thought work on the new markets will begin this summer, while Sheffield Council has carried out 2.9m of “public realm works” funded by regional development agency Yorkshire Forward.

Council chiefs expect the new market to replace Sheffield’s rundown Castle Market at the other end of the city centre, which attracts 85,000 shoppers a week despite many stalls being empty.

Sandra Barley, The Moor’s centre liaison manager, said: “With the transformation of much of the pedestrian area together with last year’s granting of planning permission for a new multi-million pound new markets building, we really have a lot to celebrate.

“It’s great to have the support of such talented artists who are making such an amazing job of making the area look attractive throughout this period of redevelopment.”