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Mural Artist


Our Diwali Heritage project will document the little known behind-the-scenes development of Diwali Lights Switch On, capturing how this event grew from a small festival based in people’s homes to a festival that takes over the Belgrave Neighbourhood as a large-scale celebration. We’ll also explore the festival through the experiences of participating people/families.


About The Position

We are pleased to present this commission proposal for a large-scale mural to adorn a prominent location on Leicester's famous Belgrave Road. This element of the project aims to transform an area of existing urban fabric into a vibrant and engaging depiction celebrating the history of Leicester's Diwali light switch on. In collaboration with researchers, volunteers and community members, the mural will serve as a symbol of pride and belonging, fostering a sense of unity and shared identity. Through its depiction of Leicester's Diwali light switch on, the mural will not only celebrate a cultural tradition but also serve as a testament to Leicester's commitment to inclusivity and cultural exchange.


The post allows for flexible working, with a view for staff to work remotely, in our office in Leicester and on site in Leicester’s Belgrave area.

The budget for this project is £6,000 and is inclusive of the artist fee, paint, materials, event insurance, scissor lift and other PPE. It does not include individual artist insurance.


Artist Background

We are looking to collaborate with an experienced muralist or collective renowned for their dynamic and captivating large-scale works. With a portfolio spanning diverse styles and themes, the muralist is adept at translating concepts and research into a visually stunning mural that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Inspirate will lead on the health and safety aspects of this project, including event and site management. We are however seeking a muralist or collective who has an operational understanding of working within health and safety parameters painting large-scale murals.

Logistics and Timeline:

This is a flexible time frame covering approximately 10 days, it will include:

Preparation Phase: Initial consultations and site visits to assess the space, gather input from stakeholders, and finalise the mural concept. 

Design Phase: Artist develops detailed sketches and design proposals based on the agreed-upon concept, with opportunities for feedback and revisions. 

Execution Phase: Mural creation begins September 2024, with the artist bringing the design to life on the designated wall(s). 


Unveiling and Celebration: Upon completion, the mural will be unveiled to the public in a celebratory event, fostering community engagement and appreciation. 

How To Apply

We particularly welcome applications from artists with a lived experience of Diwali and/or a connection to Leicester. 

To apply, please send: 

  • A CV 

  • A cover letter 

    • Outlining your experience 

    • How you would approach this mural project  

    • Suggested breakdown of the £6,000 budget (include your fee, materials
      and equipment required).

  • Include a short reflection on what Diwali means to you.

  • Links or images to your portfolio of work. 

We want this application process to be accessible to everyone, if you would prefer to apply in a different format then please get in touch. 

Please contact Roseanna Davey - with your application or to arrange an informal conversation if you have any questions. 

The closing date for applications is 7th April 2024.

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