After two years of painting and preparation by over 1000 local people, the Glen Road Community Mural was installed in late July courtesy of construction company Thomas Sinden. The mural is comprised of 75 panels, each 2.44 metres high, with a total length of close to 100 metres, painted by local adults, young people and children, including from Kaizen and New City Primary Schools, NewVIC, Cumberland School, The Mix (REIN) and Rythm Youth Clubs, Newham University Hospital, and open sessions at Plaistow Library and The Mix community centre.
Primarily funded and commissioned by PSBL, with major contributions from partners LBN Plaistow Community Neighbourhood and Barts Health NHS Trust, the mural was overseen by artist-organiser Madhumita Bose-Thomas.
There are four ‘sections’ to the mural – starting at the end nearest Prince Regent Lane, panels move from dealing with local history, through health issues and then education, to a final section (nearest the hospital’s main entrance) celebrating local community and diversity.
It is a true “community” mural, in that, within the broad themes and schema, panels were prepared, drawn and painted from scratch by locals, and then worked on by Madhumita to integrate them into the final scheme – the exception being the final panel which was contributed by professional artist Serena Sussex.
We hope you agree that it has really brightened up a dull wall, as well as having provided a creative activity for so many people!
Major thanks to Thomas Sinden for their help!