Scintillating sculptures and magnificent murals

Our canals are and towpaths are great places to view a range of different sculptures and murals

Oxford Canal murals project, Living Waterways Awards Oxford Canal murals project, Living Waterways Awards

We work hard to make sure our canals offer you a place to escape from everyday life. Part of our work involves working with a variety of artists to create world class art along our waterways, so that there's always something to inspire you when you visit.

Exhibitions sculptures and murals 

At any one time we have a number of structures and exhibitions along our waterways.

This autumn a new commision, Meanwhile Hydrosiren, is being launched by artist Simeon Nelson. The artwork, a floating sculptural boat incorporating a soundscape recorded and engineered by composer Rob Godman, will be launched on 14 October.

Meanwhile Hydrosiren will sail along the Meanwhile Gardens stretch of the Grand Union Canal in Little Venice during weekend afternoons, with weekday moored performances.   

This is just one example of art along our waterways. Keep an eye on our calendar for more arty exhibitions and events.

Graffiti galore

Graffiti doesn't always have to be an eyesore. We've been tackling graffiti positively by working with local artists in communities to design murals along our canals.

Along the Oxford Canal we've worked with residents and the Friends of the Trap Grounds, to enable local artists to design and paint murals in the arches of Frenchay Road Bridge. 

Mural under bridge

We’ve also worked with local street artists in Birmingham to discourage graffiti vandals targeting a certain stretch of the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal.

A new piece of street art has been designed along the canal to welcome boaters and visitors to the city of Birmingham. The new sign was designed by street artist David Brown. Located along the canal at Snow Hill Bridge Digbeth, the sign covers over unsightly graffiti tags and scribbles, in an effort to create a warm welcome to people visiting the waterways in Birmingham.

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Last date edited: 29 September 2017