Search

Plans to restore Dalston peace mural unveiled

PUBLISHED: 15:58 04 March 2014 | UPDATED: 15:58 04 March 2014

Dalston Peace Mural in Dalston Lane

Dalston Peace Mural in Dalston Lane

Carmen Valino

Urgent preservation work to save a celebrated piece of street art will be carried out – despite fears that the building on which it is painted is unsafe.

Dalston Peace Mural in Dalston Lane Dalston Peace Mural in Dalston Lane

The future of the iconic Dalston Carnival Peace Mural, which features on the cover of Hackney band Rudimental’s debut album Home, is at risk of coming away from the brickwork after years of vandalism and neglect.

But at a Dalston ward forum meeting on Monday night Hackney Council revealed plans to carry out urgent restoration work on the 1984 artwork on the side of 15 Dalston Lane, which is currently deemed structurally unsafe.

The project will be completed before £420,000 worth of structural renovations are carried out on the adjoining property and neighbouring buildings up to number 19 by Antic, a pub company which leases the row of three terraces.

Marie Murray, who manages the Dalston Eastern Curve garden next door to the mural and has been part of the campaign for its restoration, said: “We welcome the council’s plans to start work soon on a programme of restoration. At the garden, we have already been working on a programme of workshops with young people and children celebrating the 
mural. We are now planning to work with the restoration artists to expand on the programme.”

Hackney Council has commissioned wall painting experts Hirst Conservation for the work and the company has hired Paul Butler, who worked with Ray Walker on the Battle of Cable Street mural in Tower Hamlets and was recently involved in its restoration.

The mural was designed by community artist Ray Walker in 1983 to celebrate the Hackney Peace Carnival but he died shortly afterwards. His widow Anna Walker and colleague Mick Jones completed the mural the following year.

0 comments

Latest Hackney News Stories

11:13

“Pinball Geoff” Harvey has been dealing in pinball machines for decades – and when he’s not doing that he’s drumming around Hackney with Mexican surf group the Bikini Beach Band.

CCTV has been released of the moment a prisoner made his escape from Homerton Hospital in his socks, being chased by a medic and the police officer who was supposed to be guarding him.

09:52

An ensemble of young singers from across Hackney is looking to swell its membership following a stellar performance at the Music for Youth National Festival in Birmingham.

Yesterday, 17:47

It’s just as likely that you know Rev Sue Makin from social media as from St Mary of Eton in Hackney Wick. She tells Emma Bartholomew how the church can be an ‘unshockable’ listening ear

Yesterday, 11:58

Bike tracks could be installed along Wick Road as part of Hackney Council’s plans to make the borough safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

Yesterday, 10:24

A controversial late-night levy for traders selling booze after midnight is set to be voted on tomorrow night by Hackney councillors.

Yesterday, 09:03

A derelict Art-Deco cinema in Stoke Newington Road will reopen as a theatre and music venue after police backed down over capacity demands.

Yesterday, 07:00

An academic programme for former Chelsea FC players making the transfer away from football as part of an ‘aftercare’ scheme is being set up by the Institute for Sport Business at its Hackney Wick campus.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Now in its 11th year, Field Day is bringing together an exceptional mix of artists and genres once more to an east London park.