Community project to design a mural for Kilburn town centre commissioned
Camden Council, in partnership with Brent Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA), through the High Streets for All Challenge, have jointly commissioned a public art project for Kilburn Town Centre.
“We, along with Brent Council, are excited to announce the mural commission has been awarded to Wood Street Walls CIC, collaborating with local Kilburn artist and resident Linett Kamala from Lin Kam Art.
“Situated on the north and south facades of the Network Rail bridge spanning Kilburn High Road at Brondesbury Station, this permanent artwork will promote Kilburn’s unique identity to both residents and visitors and draw on the unique local history and culture of the area.
“This project is the first collaboration to come forward since we and Brent Council renewed our commitment to working in partnership to support and improve Kilburn Town Centre for residents, businesses, local organisations and visitors.”
Linett Kamala, Artist and Lin Kam Art Founding Director said:
“As a Kilburn resident who also grew up in the area, I couldn’t be more excited to be working with Wood Street Walls on this important commission. I hope the project will add to the wonderful cultural and creative legacy of Kilburn and provide an opportunity for local people to be involved in and benefit from this contribution to improving the public realm”
Community participation is a fundamental part of the project, and Wood Street Walls and Lin Kam Art will be running community workshops over the summer to co-develop mural ideas that reflect the culture, heritage and diversity of Kilburn.
Wood Street Walls, a Community Interest Company said:
"We are delighted to work alongside Linett, Brent and Camden Councils to deliver this project. We are very much looking forward to not just realising Linett's and the Kilburn community's vision in delivering this large-scale piece of public art, but also pass on our insight and expertise to the next generation of aspiring artists and creatives in the area. Through our Muralism Academy programme we intend to deliver training of delivering high impact outdoor artworks at scale, along with industry recognised certification, building on the Mayors construction and creative academy framework we are seeing implemented throughout London."
The project is jointly funded by Camden Council through the Mayor of London’s High Streets for All Challenge and Brent Council’s Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL). Complimenting Camden’s Future High Street prospectus, the Mayor of London's £4m fund is supported by the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) to enable local partnerships to bring forward and co-design innovative high street recovery strategies and proposals.
- As part of the programme, Lin Kam Art will be offering mentorships to a number of creatives within the two boroughs.
- In addition to the workshops and artwork, Wood Street Walls will be providing training in how to deliver public art to aspiring and early-stage creatives in the boroughs of Brent and Camden, along with globally recognised certification in the operating of access machinery, heavily used in the construction industry (iPAF).
- If you would be interested in providing ideas for the theme and content of the mural through joining these workshops, mentorship or training in the delivery of public art, please register your interest to participate by sharing your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org