#MarkhouseMurals - A new public vote for new-look day centre’s multi-coloured mural

Online public art campaign curated by urban art collective Wood Street Walls, asking the community to decide final design

30 NOVEMBER 2016, LONDON, UK
Summary
Waltham Forest Art Collective Wood Street Walls asks public to decide the final design on soon to be renovated Adult Learning Day Centre in Markhouse Road, Walthamstow.

A day centre in Walthamstow for people with learning disabilities is undergoing a major improvement project, which will see care facilities upgraded – and see arts collective Wood Street Walls create a mural around the outside of the building.

Residents and service users are being asked to choose between two designs for the multi-coloured mural on the Markhouse Road Day Centre, and the most popular choice will be painted on to the building by the Wood Street Walls founding artists Static.

Design ideas for the mural came out of workshops with service users, carers and staff, along with the local community. See the two designs for yourself and cast your vote by visiting www.markhousemurals.co.uk. Alternatively you can tweet using the hashtag #markhousemurals voting with the letter “A” or “B”.

The Council-funded upgrade of the day centre site will also feature some sound reduction work to make the environment better for people with autism. Ceilings are being replaced on the ground floor, rooms will be redecorated and the lighting improved – all helping to create a much more welcoming environment for service users.

The project will also see new personal care spaces established and modern equipment and furniture installed.

While the improvement work is being carried out, the service offered at Markhouse Road has continued. No closures to accommodate the work have been required and any significant refurbishments have taken place over weekends to avoid any disruption for service users.

The Council expects all of the work to be completed early next year.

For more information about adult social care in Waltham Forest visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk/careandsupport.

Quotes
"The Markhouse Road Day Centre is a much-valued facility and these improvements will enable staff to deliver a higher quality service to adults with learning disabilities, many of whom have complex needs. Having a wonderful local organisation like Wood Street Walls play a part really is the icing on the cake, and I look forward to seeing the winning design brought to life." Angie Bean, LBWF Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services
"“Wood Street Walls are delighted to be selected by Waltham Forest Council to help brighten up the Markhouse Road Day Centre with the public deciding the final design similar to our recent Pick Your Pattern Project. Our in person consultation in September led to some great discussions on the public perception of the building, so we hope the artwork will help further increase the awareness of the work and services the Day Centre provides to the local community. " Tom Jackson - co-founder of Wood Street Walls part of artistic duo Static
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About Wood Street Walls

Wood Street Walls has three main goals as an organisation:

1. To bring public art to our area of East London for residents and visitors to enjoy, to encourage greater footfall and custom to local business. We have looked to other successful initiatives over the pond such as Wynwood Walll

2. To provide free periodic workshops for the charities, school children and beyond - to build a connection between the artistic and local community and help develop grow new talent for the next generation of artists.

3. Our final and biggest goal of our project is the establishing of a new creative hub for the area: Wood Street Studios, by repurposing a disused and derelict building in the area. According to a study commissioned by the Mayor of London, in 5 years over 30% of the current 14,000 artists in London will no longer have a place to call their own due to rising rents and land being developed by residential housing.

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