THE man behind a project which showcases the work of local artists is appealing for help in trying to track down the people behind two city centre murals from a decade ago. Art enthusiast Colin Neville, who runs the Not Just Hockney website and regular big screen presentation, is currently working on a book about the history of local wall murals and other street art.

The book itself is part of his Not Just Hockney series and is scheduled for publication this Spring.

In the book there will be a chapter entitled The Mural as Protest which will feature two pieces of art that appeared on the temporary hoardings around the Broadway Shopping Centre building centre more than ten years ago.

Mr Neville told the Telegraph & Argus: "For over ten years Bradford residents were faced with a huge building site at the heart of the city under development by the Westfield Group. This came to be known as The Hole.

"The growing anger in Bradford at delays to the start of building work led to the protest movement, Occupy, occupying the site and demanding a public enquiry into how the city had been left 'with such a vast empty site at the heart of the city'.

"At the same time, these murals appeared on the site hoarding, reflecting the anger of local people: one showed a mural with a play on the words Westfield.

"Not surprising, at the time, the artists involved didn’t leave their names! But I would like now to give them credit in the book for their part in the protest."

He asked that anyone laying claim to the artwork, which included the words Wastefield in the style of Westfield's logo, and an image of a person and dog alongside the words 'What the hole's going on?', contact him through the Not Just Hockney website at

He is also interested in hearing about wall murals painted on community centres around the Bradford district. He asked if any local community centre managers would like their murals featured in the book, to also contact him through the website.

In 2005 the T&A reported how demolition work had begun at the site of the proposed Broadway shopping scheme, but the hoardings erected around the development land remained as the project was mothballed due to the credit crunch.

By 2010, the empty site was turned into a temporary urban garden and some of the hoardings were taken down, before work began in earnest in 2014 to turn it into the shopping centre of today.

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