Blind Walls Gallery changes the appearance of Breda through impressive and meaningful murals inspired by local heritage and stories. Discover the murals via the website, mobile app or during a guided tour with an experienced guide!

 

CONTEMPORARY CITY WALLS

Blind Walls Gallery is inspired by the oldest known painting of a Dutch cityscape. The 16th-century triptych prominently shows the city wall of medieval Breda. The city wall provided protection and was a sign of prestige. Most of the old wall has disappeared now and the blind walls that remained give the city a dull and grey appearance. People often use these places to recklessly park their bicycles or even as a public toilet after a night out. Blind Walls Gallery wants to change that, one mural at a time.

Since 2015, Blind Walls Gallery has been inviting national and international artists that draw inspiration from the stories of Breda. Before a mural is made, a lot of background research is done on the area or building. Most of the research is done at Stadsarchief Breda (city archives), but also by talking to locals that have lived in Breda for many years. The most interesting stories are sent to an artist, he or she will then create a design based on those stories. 

 

Mural by Mantra | Photo by Edwin Wiekens

Blind Walls Gallery works with the municipality, housing association, residents, developers and organisations. So far, over 85 murals have been made, spread across the city. Sometimes murals disappear due to maintenance or construction, but the gallery also gets extended with about 10 murals each year. So the milestone of a 100 murals is getting closer!

Mural by Hedof | Photo by Rosa Meininger

The combination of street art and cultural heritage makes Blind Walls Gallery accessible to locals, tourists and street art lovers. Which is unique in comparison to other big street art cities like New York, London and Berlin.

In 2017 Blind Walls Gallery received the Brabant Heritage Award, for disclosing disclosing intangible heritage in a contemporary manner.

Milestones

2014

Our very first murals 🎨

were made during Graphic Design Festival Breda 2014

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2015

15 new murals in 2015

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2017

App launch 📱

Download the free Blind Walls Gallery app via Google Play or the App Store

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Blind Walls Gallery wins 🏅

the Brabant Heritage Award!

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This was 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣7️⃣

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2018

Our first company car 🚚

We bought a Piaggio Ape and named him Wally

Work trip to the U.S.A. 🇺🇸

We visited Mural Arts Philadelphia

Our highest mural yet

Mantra's butterfly mural is 23 meters high

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Nominated for a Street Art Award

in the 'Local Initiative' category

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Bye bye Bleekstraat 👋🏽

Thé selfie-hotspot of Breda disappears

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Invasion of the mini garbagemen 🚯

Jaune's tiny garbagemen took over Breda

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Greenpeace mural 🌍

Hedof's mural draws attention to the #WingsforParadise project

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This was 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣8️⃣

Thanks to you 2018 was a great succes!

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2019

A record in visitor numbers 📈

over 1900 people joined us on a guided tour

A new website! 🖥️

you're looking at it right now

Murals come to life 👾

Some of our murals came to life through AR

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Blind Walls Epic Stories 👕

In collaboration with Epic we released our first T-shirt

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Frau Isa and the Chocolate factory 🍫

An mural inspired by Kwatta

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The highest Blind Wall so far

Otecki made an impressive mural at the 'Teruggave'

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🏆🏆🏆

Blind Walls wins '𝘔𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘪 𝘟𝘝𝘐𝘐𝘐 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘙𝘦𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘗𝘳𝘪𝘹 - 2019 𝘉𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘈𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥' for Gummy Gue

A Royal visit! 👑

King Willem Alexander visited the mural from Otecki at the 'Teruggave'

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2020

New tourguide clothing 👔

Thanks to SA Wear!

COVID-19 Mural 🦠

Tom Onrust and Wouter van der Giessen lift Breda's spirits

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STREET-ART TO FEET-ART 🧦

In collaboration with That Sockss we released a limited edition pair of socks

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Blind Walls Gallery Book! 📖

Our first crowdfunding campaign!

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Partners

These organisations and people support us:

Government

Sponsors

Mediapartners

The Team

These people make Blind Walls Gallery happen

Dennis Elbers

Director and founder

Stein de Bont

Project manager & videographer

Zanza Loupias

Research & projects

Niek Nellen

Marketing

Ailis O'Neill

Communication

Martijn van Poppel

Projects & Events

Rowan Graafland

Graphic Designer

Wouter van der Giessen

Production Assistent

Falco van der Velden

Trainee Illustration & Animation and Tourguide

Willow

Office Dog

Stijn van Peer

Tourguide

Veronique van Zanten

Tourguide

Jeanne Kneuse

Tourguide

Rebecca Meelhuijsen

Tourguide

Edwin Wiekens

Photographer

Rosa Meininger

Photographer

Joost van Asch

Photographer
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