An art competition for local schools, community and youth groups was held by construction contractor Mace, to produce designs for display on the site hoarding of new homes being built near Latimer Road in partnership between Peabody and The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Councillor Judith Blakeman unveiled the artworks to an audience of extremely excited four year old pupils, art students, teachers and members of the community. She commented “I was delighted to unveil these fantastic pieces of work gracing the hoardings at the Silchester development. This project has actively engaged young and old to showcase their creativity and pride in their local area.”
Students from the Latimer AP Academy screen printed ‘The Vibrant Energy Of Our Community’, and a young artist from The Harrow Club produced ‘Why I Love My Youth Club’ with a little advice from V&A funded Project Community Artist in Residence, Constantine Gras.
Children from St. Anne’s Nursery School near the site were inspired by a visit from HTC’s Irena, one of the only female tower crane operators in the UK, to paint ‘Cranes’ and members of the Children’s Tenants Management produced a graffiti-style ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ scene.
Virginia Chattam, Interim Headteacher at St Anne’s Nursery School said “Today was a very special occasion and it’s fantastic that the development is involving and enthusing the local community. The children’s artwork was inspired by a visit of one of only three women crane drivers in UK, who is currently working on site at Silchester. As the oldest nursery school in London, we’re proud to play our part in capturing the exciting changes taking place in our neighbourhood.”