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.
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!
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.