Artists Nadina Ali, duo Daisy Allen and Ellen Camilla Rose, Paige Denham, Lours, creative collective Trapped in Zone One (lead artist Alex Cullen) and Jeru Nomi have been co-commissioned by Peabody and a local street art group, as part of an open call held earlier in 2023.
The new works will become part of the Thamesmead Street Art Trail. They will build on Peabody’s 2020 commission where eight permanent murals created for Thamesmead’s underpasses. The new commissions will help cement the area’s status as a top destination to see street art in London.
Making culture a part of everyday life in Thamesmead is central to Peabody’s long-term plan to improve, grow and look after the town.
The artists will be working at a number of sites across Thamesmead during July and August. Follow @ThamesmeadNow for updates and the unveiling of the commissions.
About the artists
Currently based in Thamesmead, Nadina Ali is a graphic artist from Marseille. Nadina is passionate about social justice, representation and inclusivity. For her Thamesmead commission, Nadina proposes a typography-based work that will welcome people to the neighbourhood and make a statement along a main road in Thamesmead.
Creative duo Daisy Allen and Ellen Camilla Rose originally met at Lewisham School of Muralism, where they learnt the art of producing community-engaged murals. Their Thamesmead mural designs feature a vibrant colour palette and images of local wildlife.
A Thamesmead-native print and textile designer, Paige Denham, was chosen to paint one of the underpass murals in 2020. She has been selected again to create a new work in her distinctive bright and colourful patterning style. Her mural aims to celebrate the everyday world of Thamesmead.
Urban, digital and studio artist, Lours, has been deeply influenced by the vibrant British graffiti and street art scene. She works in what she describes as a ‘surrealist-realist’ style. For her Thamesmead commission, she wants to bring “visual joy” to Thamesmead’s concrete walls.
Trapped in Zone One is a not-for-profit London based creative organisation who engage with communities to enhance spaces through public murals.Their Thamesmead commission, led by Alex Cullen, will involve a series of workshops, where they’ll work with the local community to co-design a mural about nature in the area. This will be painted at Byron Close.
Illustrator, painter and muralist, Jeru Nomi uses a combination of concentric circles, spirals and line work to make vibrant, linear murals. For her mural, Jeru wants to celebrate the balance of brutalist architecture and nature in Thamesmead.