Street artists to transform blank walls in Hackney Central

Another communnity mural was commissioned by Clapton Girls school in 2011 pic: Art Review

Artists in Hackney are being offered the chance to transform a blank wall in front of Hackney Central Station into an artwork depicting their own feelings about the borough.

The wall currently provides a rather depressing welcome to the pedestrianised high street outside the station. Hackney Council have collaborated with charity Groundwork London to provide one lucky artist with the opportunity to continue the trend of urban art in the area.

The aim of the project, which will be created on an outside wall of Marks and Spencer on Amhurst Road, is to reflect the spirit and creative vibe of the Hackney community.

Vivienne Brown, Marketing and Communications Manager of Groundwork, told EastLondonLines: “We are not looking for any style in particular we are open to receive proposals from experienced and skilled artists around London.”

To inspire the chosen artist, Hackney’s Young Parliament will be filming on the street asking residents what the think is the best thing about the neighbourhood.

The Blank Wall pic: Groundwork London

Lucy Geldard, Area Manager of Groundwork London said: “We hope that by enabling young people to help inform the design and consult with their peers, residents and traders, a true community art piece will be created, enjoyed and celebrated by all.”

After the conflict over famed east London street artist Roa’s rabbit piece in Hackney, Groundwork have stated that this is a community mural, not graffiti. This will be similar to the artwork by Koze commissioned by Clapton Girl’s School in July last year.

Selection criteria for applicants will depend on skills, artistic quality and the relevance of their previous work. The project is due to be finished by July 20.

To apply, visit the Groundwork London website, here.

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