Wood Street Walls and Saskia Pomeroy Mural at Kitchener Road Park, Walthamstow, London
Artist Saskia Pomeroy collaborates with Wood Street Walls to create a 160 meter long mural outside Kitchener Road Park
Grand Matter artist Saksia Pomeroy in partnership with Wood Street Walls completed a community lead 160 meter mural to help promote community cohesion in preperation for Waltham Forest's Borough of Culture program of events in 2019.
The mural, part of a number of improvements as part of Waltham Forest's £500,000 Parks Improvement scheme, investing £25,000 for parks in 20 wards was selected by the local public who got to choose both colours and text from designs created by the artist via an online vote for local residents to participate.
The phrases "Work Together, Accomplish More" and a pupular William Morris quote "Fellowship is Life" were chosen, in addition to the dark purple background that has made the artwork bold and vibrant.
The artwork was painted over the space of 2 weeks, with materials provided by Leyland Paint and the Forest Recycling Project.
I wanted to include a message about community within the mural. Community is important for people's wellbeing, happiness, even safety. The motto for Waltham Forest is "Fellowship is Life" so I thought it apt to refer to William Morris given his influence on the borough and the Arts & Crafts Movement in general. Given the borough winning the first ever London Borough of Culture Award and the bid being a joint effort between many community groups and the Local Authority, I thought the motto "Work Together, Accomplish More", was an relevant positive phrase the community can relate to.
Working with Saskia to complete this over a 2 week period, covering over 160 meters was no mean feat, but the finished artwork speaks for itself. It's bold, vibrant and really brightens up the perimeter of the park and draws people to the on either side of the wall. This mural is a great way to kick start our London Borough of Culture Celebrations for 2019 and show how local creatives can benefit the area when they live and work in the borough. The paint used from Forest Recycling Project is reclaimed and would otherwise have gone to landfill, which in itself increases the positive impact of the overall project too.
It’s been a pleasure seeing residents’ suggestions for their parks and green spaces turned into reality by talented artists like Saskia Pomeroy and Wood Street Walls. This William Morris-influenced design at Kitchener Road Park is a real standout, which reflects both the borough’s rich cultural heritage as well as our aspirations for the future as we prepare to host a range of exciting events throughout 2019 as London’s first Borough of Culture. It will bring enjoyment to thousands of people, young and old, all across Waltham Forest and beyond. Many thanks to the artists for their excellent work!
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.