Showcasing art in Chichester coffee shops

Sue Hofman, Aida Stephens and Sue Hofman SUS-140526-115318001
Sue Hofman, Aida Stephens and Sue Hofman SUS-140526-115318001

A BAKERY and cafe is offering artists the chance to get creative by painting a mural wall.

Aida Stephens, who owns Whipped and Baked, in Guildhall Street, Chichester, wants artists to be able to showcase their work in the city. She is giving artists the chance to design a mural for her cafe.

“It’s a blank wall, it is not doing anything,” said Aida.

“I thought it would be great to bring in local artists who have problems getting their work out there.

“We’re going to change it every four to six months.”

She said other coffee shops in the city had similar projects, such as Attibassi in Eastgate Square.

Aida said the new initiative was a great way to showcase local talents – as there were not many places to display murals in the city.

The mural which currently graces the wall at Whipped and Baked was painted by local artists Jeanette Sutton, Allan Davies and Sue Hofman.

Jeanette, who designed the piece, said: “I met Aida on Twitter, and when she said she wanted a mural, I designed something straightaway. I knew she would love it.”

She designed the piece to suit Aida and the shop, so it has a tattoo-style to it, incorporating traditional elements like cherubs.

The shop, which supports the community in a number of ways, including its suspended coffee scheme for the homeless, has found yet another way to show support to local people.

“We’ve already got someone in line for the next mural,” said Aida. “It should be around halloween.”