Earlier this year, Winchester City Council announced plans to commission an experienced artist to design and deliver an inspiring and vibrant mural at St Maurice’s Covert, between the High Street and the cathedral.
Winchester City Council received over 30 submissions and is delighted to announce the shortlist:

Sarah Hodgkins
Sarah set up Charlotte Designs in 2005. The mural side of the business grew fast, so in 2009 she decided to focus solely on designing and painting murals, as well as rekindling her love of faux finishes. Sarah has painted over 550 murals throughout the UK and her clients include, NHS, Epson UK, Dulux, Gleneagles Hotel, David Lloyd Leisure, Keuhne and Nagel, MK Gallery and Force India Formula One Team, as well as a large number of schools, hospitals and businesses. She has even painted for royalty!

“My aim is to create an inspiring mural that engages young and old, visitors and residents alike. It will knit together historical and modern references, open out the space and be sprinkled with a little humour.”

Molly Hawkins
Molly creates bespoke art internationally across Germany, Mexico, Poland, India and throughout the UK.
“This joyful, vibrant design holds aspects of local heritage whilst celebrating contemporary design. Using the colours of Winchester City Council, the colour palette is curated to ignite inspiration and to enhance the surrounding environment. Through the use of the lighter colours, the mural pays homage to the stonework and architecture celebrated in Winchester. Signage found across the mural will take historical reference from the Winchester Cathedral Romanesque illuminated manuscript, created between 1150 – 1175.”

Jo Swannell
Jo’s work has included a series of murals for Brighton and Hove City Council, specialist paint finishes in some of London’s most prestigious properties, painting murals on the world’s largest cruise ship as it was being built, scenic art for many adventure golf courses, and numerous projects for business clients and in people’s homes.
“This design aims to be a giant gilt-edged invitation to the people of Winchester… from all that the modern High Street has to offer, it’s just a short step this way to follow your painted contemporaries, meet some of the people who shaped this city, and find yourself in another time and space. From St Swithun to the Deliveroo cyclist in a hurry, we share the same spaces across time: we’re all part of a continuum.”

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