Padiham Gable Art Project

An eye-catching arts project to transform gables in Padiham town centre.

Artists Chris Butcher and Gavin Renshaw were given free rein to use two gable walls on which to create colourful large-scale murals as part of a wider project to regenerate the town.

The Gable Art Project was an initiative delivered as part of the Padiham Townscape Heritage (TH) scheme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The project aims was to bring the vibrant history and stories of Padiham to life, utilising two gables located on each of the gateways into the Townscape Heritage area.

Chris and Gavin researched the local area to inform the designs, as well as collaborating with the Padiham Archives and staff at Gawthorpe Hall, drawing inspiration from the wealth of information and artefacts.

Chris’s design is inspired by the old trams that used to run through Padiham, along with incorporating designs from Gawthorpe Hall’s textile collection. Chris is the founder of, a mural arts business working across the UK and Europe.

Gavin used inspiration from the Whit Walks and other traditional parades and events, both historic and current, for his work at Station Road. His previous works include murals at Battersea Power Station in London, and Lerwick in Shetland.

The Gable Arts Project is the brainchild of a partnership involving local residents and business owners, Burnley Council and Mid-Pennine Arts working together to celebrate the local heritage by building upon the town’s unique identity, and supporting growth and prosperity of independent businesses.