Art for estates programme coming to Hackney after Camden launch

Examples of work by Global Street Art.

Examples of work by Global Street Art. - Credit: Archant

A project that sees artists paint murals on estates by request is coming to Hackney after a successful launch in Camden.

Examples of work by Global Street Art.

Examples of work by Global Street Art. - Credit: Archant

Hackney ad agency Global Street Art’s (GSA) not-for-profit programme Art for Estates connects international artists with people on estates.

The aim is to both improve the appearance of certain areas and “normalise” art for the children growing up there.

Global has arranged more than 2,000 street art murals since 2012.

The programme began after a team from GSA were painting a wall in Camden they thought to be private but turned out to actually belong to the Chalk Farm Estate.

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One of the estate managers saw the artwork and asked the team to do more across the estate. Camden councillor Alison Kelly liked it and referred them to residents’ associations of other estates.

GSA supply the required materials and the murals are all done with the support of people living on the estates.

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“If residents feel this is being imposed by the council that doesn’t create the right atmosphere for setting a program like this up.” Lee Bofkin, the founder of GSA, told the Gazette. “It’s better the residents realise that this is coming from an independent body and not the council.”

Following a recommendation or from an invite from a resident, GSA meets with the resident association to discuss the plans.

Art for Estates recently finished working at the Webheath Estate in Kilburn where they produced 11 murals.

As well as improving the appearance of the estate, the murals have a positive impact on anti-social behaviour. Both the Webheath and Chalk Farm estates reported that less fly-tipping now occurs near the murals.

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