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Community art project launched in Hackney

24 August 2017
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Plans for a new piece of community art are starting to take shape in Hackney, thanks to funding from Sanctuary Housing.

The national housing provider is supporting a project encouraging local young people to play a role in transforming an area beneath a road bridge at Mabley Green known as the undercroft.

By tapping into their imaginations, a large mural will be produced over the coming months to go on the walls of the bridge and inject some much-needed colour into the site.

It is hoped the young people will be inspired by the local landscape which now features an edible park and more than 500 trees.

A series of workshops are being run by environmental charity ecoACTIVE between now and February to brainstorm ideas and designs before the mural is painted and officially unveiled next Easter.

It is part of a wider project to spruce up Mabley Green, which is being overseen by the National Lottery funded-Wick Award and Stephen Lawrence Trust.

Workshops will take place at venues including Kingsmead Primary School, Concorde Youth Hub and the Daubeney Children’s Centre.

Shaira Begum, from ecoACTIVE, said: “There is so much potential for this site and we are really looking forward to working with local young people to produce the mural.

“This is such an exciting project and we are hoping it will really capture their imaginations and result in a piece of art they can be proud of.”

Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “We are continually striving to help improve the communities in which we work and this project is an excellent example of that.

“We hope the young people will fully engage with the project so that they can take pride in the area for years to come.”

To find out more about the project, please email admin@ecoactive.org.uk or call 020 8510 0113.

The mural project is being funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.