Over the past 6 months, Newham Council has been working with Wood Street Walls on the launch of Mural Land; a public art project being rolled out in Maryland, Forest Gate and Manor Park.
We have had the opportunity to meet a number of you during the setup phase of the activity and have enjoyed getting to hear your ideas and feedback for Mural Land. We hope you share the same excitement as us for the project.
For those we have yet to meet, below we have provided a brief summary of Mural Land:
Mural Land is an exciting public art project set up by the London Borough of Newham in 2016. In collaboration with Wood Street Walls and other partners, we will be creating a series of new murals on walls in Maryland, Forest Gate and Manor Park to complement our continued investment in public realm improvements.
Throughout the project we will work with the local community to create murals which reflect local aspirations and are tailored to each location. The project will be delivered between 2017 and 2019.
We are now publicly launching the campaign and hope that through your involvement we can reach as many people as possible within the communities.
We are now working on our launch wall which will be at a local Maryland business, Teddy’s Tyres on Maryland Road. Teddy’s Tyres will benefit from a new shopfront visual improvements which will be a design chosen by the community and relevant to their business. They will also receive new signage on the front of the building at no cost to them. This will deliver three of Mural Land’s key goals to promote community cohesion, local economy and beautify areas that need attention.
How can you help?
Encourage residents and community groups to suggest sites that would benefit from artwork to visually uplift a specific area
Encourage residents and community groups to suggest themes for the artwork
Engage with artists and creatives and encourage them to register their interest to get involved
Mural Land’s mission is to engage the existing creative community and leave a legacy where the project can be run by local groups and individuals that have a stake in area.
Many of the walls being painted will have a consultation, for people who are unable to get online we will be creating a feedback form which can be available at your ward surgeries and key sites across the Borough, e.g. libraries, to ensure that it is fully inclusive and everyone has the opportunity to have their say.