Street artist Andy Leek, widely recognised for his ‘Notes to Strangers’, has partnered with Portman Marylebone to deliver ‘Find the Words’, an art trail that will spread optimism and joy across the 110-acre neighbourhood from Tuesday 12 September until Sunday 29 October 2023.
Designed by Andy Leek, the ‘Find The Words’ art trail is an area-wide art installation integrated into the urban landscape. As visitors wander the streets of Portman Marylebone, they will discover Andy Leek’s artworks of unique notes of positivity, inspiration and warmth, from large scale installations to smaller more subtle pieces, encouraging discovery.
From shop signs that seamlessly integrate down Seymour Place and New Quebec Street, to bunting down Old Quebec Street, laser cut installations on Portman Square Garden and George Street and plant installations in George’s Pocket Park, every corner has a story to tell and a new piece of artwork to discover.
Andy Leek will place limited edition, hand-written notes in select stores from October 2023, delivering unexpected and uplifting messages to takeaway. To unlock a collectable note, visitors to the area are invited to ask in participating stores “Can you help me find the words?”.
As an exciting continuation of his residency, Andy has also designed colourful bandanas for dogs with positive words of affirmation that will be available for visitors to the area to collect from a selection of dog friendly businesses in the area, allowing four legged friends to also be part of the artful experience too.
Visitors and art fans are encouraged to capture these evocative messages and artworks and share their discoveries with the world. By using the campaign hashtag #FindTheWords they’ll join a collective appreciation and spread the positivity even further.
Andy Leek’s residency will run from Tuesday 12 September until Sunday 29 October 2023.
As my residency unfolds in Portman Marylebone, my artwork will be installed throughout the neighbourhood for people to stumble upon, hopefully creating some moments of delight. It’s my first time collaborating with Portman Marylebone which is full of wonderful nooks and crannies, beautiful architecture and existing artworks that I’m excited to add to.
Street artist Andy Leek