We have just completed a huge mural in Woodcock Park, Brent, working with a group of sixth form students from St Gregory’s Catholic College. The money was funded by local councillors and supported by the friends of the park. The wall was a real eyesore and the transformation is incredible. The locals love the new mural which depicts the park and its wildlife, flaura and fauna in a fun and uplifting way.
Here is the second mural for the School Participation Project with Brent Council painted on the hoardings of the new library development. It is called ‘ The Heart of Willesden Green’ and shows all the uses of the new library centre and how important the library is to the local community. This was designed by pupils from Newham and Queens Park school and painted by pupils from Donnington and Newham school.
Back in April Positive Arts started a 3 month project with Brent Council to create 2 murals to help advertise the new Willesden Green library project and the temporary library spaces.
Huge preparation and planning went into this project involving children from local primary and secondary schools at every stage from the design/ideas, through to the practical. Children from Donnington, Newham and Queens Park School were taught how to use ‘street art’ skills and techniques to produce the huge artworks alongside our artists.
The first stage was a workshop at the old library where we got the pupils to practice and learn some new skills by creating some temporary artwork about the new building. Then we had two planning sessions to design and plan the murals.
Here is an excert from a letter published in Willesden and Brent Times by local Liberal Democrat Councillor Ann Hunter
“The newly painted mural on the Lewinson Centre wall on the High Road in Willesden, pointing to the temporary library premises, … brightens up the street and the design is uplifting…..the Donnington Primary School children who came up with the idea for the design, and, along with Queens Park School, helped execute it, are to be congratulated, as are the Positive Arts team, Julian, James and Will who brought the children’s original ideas to fruition. It is a breath of fresh air in the busy urban scene, which is what a library is……as the children recognise!”
“Even people who are going through hard times appreciate rays of sunshine in their lives…..Everyone I spoke to when I was in front of the mural yesterday thought it was really great. And the point of it is to highlight the temporary library facilities.Through seeing their ideas created into a successful piece of work, the school children felt a sense of achievement, ownership and increased self-esteem.”
Please see posts Brent mural 1 and 2