Local artists in Thamesmead have been given a unique opportunity to share their vision of the town on a massive scale.
We've commissioned the artists to create designs for a 500m hoarding along Harrow Manorway at Coralline Walk, as part of a huge mural celebrating the town’s rich natural and cultural heritage.
The first two Thamesmead artists to take part are illustrator Keith Hau and print designer Paige Denham. Other local artists, photographers and designers will be creating new works in the months ahead.
Keith Hau said: “The hoardings are a unique canvas, so it was a really great project to be involved in. I’ve always enjoyed being amongst the landscape here, so it was a joy to help create illustrations which highlights and promotes the natural spaces.
“There’s an incredible amount of green and blue spaces found in this town and I really wanted to try and celebrate these areas with bold, dynamic and colourful designs.”
Paige Denham added: “I am so proud to be creating a piece of art for the residents of my hometown, that means so much to me. With art galleries and museums closed for the past year, there has been a real cultural drought so to be able to paint this mural in Thamesmead is such a pleasure.
“I can only hope that this mural brightens residents’ days, brings them a sense of joy and encourages people to love the town like I do.”
Adriana Marques, Peabody’s Head of Cultural Strategy for Thamesmead, said: “This is such an important project as it’s supporting and developing local talent at a time when there are so few opportunities for designers and artists, especially younger ones.
“Thamesmead has such a rich and vibrant creative community and now residents will be able to see just how talented our local artists, who could be living right next door to them, are.”
Keith Hau’s design is a series of four illustrations under the banner of ‘Making Space for Nature’, the programme finding new ways for residents to use and enjoy Thamesmead’s many green spaces.
Each print focuses on a particular Making Space for Nature’s project: Southmere Lake, Secret Sunflower Field, Bugs & Birds and Getsetsow. All created to get local people more involved in the town’s natural environment, from spending time enjoying the lakes and parks to growing their own vegetables at home.
Paige’s mural, which she painted directly onto the hoardings, is inspired by the theme of play in the town, from the adventure playground and waterpark of the original Thamesmead to today’s open spaces. She has used bold colours and shapes to depict play in Thamesmead’s past, present and future.
Keith Hau is an illustrator and designer based in Thamesmead. Inspired by his observations of nature and passion for stories, his work is narrative driven, combining pattern, texture and colour to create colourful compositions. To see more of Keith’s work, visit www.keithhau.com
Paige Denham is a print designer influenced by colour, shapes, textures and community. Paige has lived in Thamesmead all of her life and quite often sees the town influence her work. Setting up her own creative practice one year ago, Paige works from her London based studio creating joyful print design that she lovingly screen prints by hand.
At the end of last year Paige was commissioned by Peabody to paint a mural for one of the town’s underpasses, her first large scale piece of public art. You can see more of Paige’s work at www.paigedenham.com
The hoardings featuring the artworks are next to our newly opened Marketing Suite and Discovery Centre.