Community artwork unveiled at Silchester development
Artwork created by local schoolchildren has been unveiled on the hoarding of a £24m housing development in North Kensington.
There will be 112 new homes on the Silchester estate near Latimer Road Station, built by us in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Contractor Mace organised a community art competition for local schools, youth clubs and community groups, to produce designs for display on the site hoarding until the end of construction in November 2015.
The artwork is based on the themes: "Why it is good to live in this area", "Memories of Silchester", "What you love about your school or club" and "The best thing about W10"
Councillor Judith Blakeman unveiled the four winning designs on the corner of Shalfleet Drive, alongside young artists from St Anne’s Nursery School, the Harrow Club, Latimer AP Academy, and the Children’s Tenants Management Organisation.
“It was fantastic to see the unveiling of the art work on the hoarding at Silchester,” said V&A-funded artist in residence Constantine Gras, who worked closely with the children and other artists to produce some of the designs.
Virginia Chattam, interim headteacher at St Anne’s Nursery School, said: “The children’s artwork was inspired by a visit from one of the few women crane operators in the UK, who is currently working on site at Silchester. As one of the oldest nursery schools in London, we’re proud to play our part in capturing the exciting changes taking place in our neighbourhood.”
Cllr Judith Blakeman with some of the young artists
As well as new homes, the project will also provide a new shop, community facilities, and landscaped gardens. Nathan Coley, shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2007, is creating a large public sculpture based around the site’s history.
Tony Hughes, Project Director at Mace, said: “I’m delighted that the Mace team and local community have been able to come together on this project and the school children have produced some fantastic work that has really brightened up the construction site.”
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