Celebrating People & Places

Community Arts

– Glen Road Community Mural

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.

If you read this before 8th September, why not come along at 3pm that day to join in the mass ribbon-cutting which will officially ’open’ the mural?  Otherwise, just mosey on down anytime, along Glen Road, to take a closer look at this wonderful art exhibition!

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!

Here are some photos of the installation process and the final result.  Major thanks to Thomas Sinden for their help!

– “Re-imagining The Greenway” projects

PSBL has funded 2 innovative arts-based projects working with schools and community on ideas for imagining how the Greenway might be enhanced with public art installations. Our hope and plan is that, over the next few years, some of these ideas will be translated into full scale reality!

Artist Madhumita Bose-Thomas worked with Brampton Manor Academy students, patients, staff and visitors at Newham University Hospital and at Plaistow Library. Here are some of the fantastic designs the students came up with:

PSBL funded Rosetta Art Centre to work with pupils at Kaizen and Tollgate Primary Schools to make clay models representing their visions of how the Greenway could be improved.  Kikis Leventis, a local artist and Finnish ceramicist Pauliina Pollanen, a former artist in residence at the V&A led the after school workshops.

At the awards event held in NewVIC’s new café in July, 9 pupils were awarded scholarships to RAC’s Saturday Art School, and 37 arts kits were given to those who took part in workshops.
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– South Plaistow Arts Hub:

Come an ‘ave a go if you think you’re arty enough… And everyone is! – SOUTH PLAISTOW ARTS HUB ran as a pilot in Autumn 2016-Spring 2017 – a PSBL initiative in partnership with Memorial Community Church and Rosetta Art Centre – we’re now reviewing its future:
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Plaistow Streets

PSBL members carried out our first litter-picking session from Prince Regent Lane westwards along the Newham Way, on Saturday 24th June, 11am-1pm.  Do you want to nominate an area near you for a future ‘operation’?

E-mail info@plaistowsouthbiglocal.org.uk for more info.

– Grants:

Do you and some of your neighbours have an idea to improve your street life?  We can help with planning, funds and volunteers to make it happen.  Get in touch!

– “Bloomin’ Plaistow”:

The second year for PSBL’s “Bloomin’ Plaistow” competition saw 34 nominations of front gardens, window box and hanging basket displays. The quantity was matched by quality, making it a difficult and lively task for PSBL’s Steering Group to select the winning entries!
Awards were announced at the Plaistow Summer Market Place Festival in July. Congratulations to Mechelle Duffy of Palmer Road (Gold), Saher Arzoo of Kingsland Road (Silver) and Carlos Gonzales also of Kingsland Road (Bronze) – winning Westfield/B&Q vouchers worth £150, £100 and £50 respectively. There was also a special Chair’s Award for one of the best runners-up, Bill Veness of St.Quintin Road. All runners-up received a certificate and token gift too!

And here are the runners-up entries:

Local History – “Growing Up In Plaistow”

We launched our “Growing Up In Plaistow” exhibition, resulting from a year long oral history project with Eastside Community Heritage and part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, at the re-opening of Plaistow Library on 26th October 2016. The exhibition is now available for local community and educational venues to borrow for the foreseeable future.  There is a lot more content from the project available on a dedicated website Growing Up In Plaistow, and also an app to locate some of the ‘stories’ around south Plaistow:
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We are grateful to have received a £10000 Awards for All grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards this project. Click here for the initial information.

Together anything Is PoSsiBLe!