COUNCILLOR BRIEFING

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.


 

STAKEHOLDER BRIEFING

Over the past 6 months, Newham Council and Wood Street Walls have been collaborating on the launch of Mural Land a public art project being rolled out in Maryland, Forest Gate and Manor Park.

Mural Land is an extension to the ongoing public realm investment across the borough and has been developed in response to community feedback.

Mural Land will bring to life outdoor spaces through the installation of murals and public art,  working with artists from within the borough and beyond.

Mural Land is a two year project that will work with you to curate art that will engage with as many people as possible across Newham. There are plenty of ways for you, the people who work, live or own businesses in the borough, to get involved:

Donate Your Wall - whether you are a homeowner or a business we can take a dull wall and turn it into something beautiful. Our ambition is to put Newham on the map and shine a spotlight on the creativity of the borough to residents and visitors. Take a look at similar projects happening across the globe xx.  

Nominate a Local Hero - we want to celebrate Newham's rich culture and will work with artists to paint portraits of local heroes, past, present and future, painted as a mural for the area. Over in Waltham Forest, WSW recently painted a mural of William Morris to celebrate the area’s cultural heritage.

If you think that somebody deserves the recognition then drop us a line. We are looking for people that have contributed to society, either locally or further afield, in any shape or form.

Adopt a BT Panel Box - does your street house a green box, why not adopt it and we will bring a artist to give it a makeover. Get in touch if you have a box you want making over or are an artist that would like the opportunity to paint.

As well as installing public art, we will be hosting engagement events, workshops and round-table discussions. Information about the events will be posted on the Mural Land website as well as on social media. Tickets will be available to Newham residents, for free, on a first come first serve basis via Eventbrite.

We’re really excited to launch Mural Land and bring public art to the Maryland, Forest Gate and Manor Park. You can subscribe to the mailing list here and visit our website to find out more.