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From masked lovers to Captain Tom: UK cities embrace Covid street art

Across the country, artists are using walls as canvases to brighten up areas – or make political statements

Since lockdown began last March, the UK has undergone a revolution in its public spaces. With city centres deserted and galleries closed, artists have used urban walls as their canvases, producing a new generation of political street art.

While street art has traditionally been the scourge of local authorities, much of it is now being either embraced by councils seeking to preserve artworks, or commissioned by companies and community groups to brighten up neighbourhoods.

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