Have you noticed bits of the borough getting more colourful in recent years? If so, you might have spotted some artistic improvements carried out by local community group Urban Eye.
Based in North Kensington, the group created art enhancements in collaboration with the communities in which they are to be installed. Projects have included the regeneration of areas underneath the Westway, Ladbroke Grove tube station and Portobello Road,the Golborne Road railway bridges and the revitalising of the Acklam Road footbridge.
Urban Eye was also granted City Living, Local Life funding to work with the local community of Worlds End estate for a smaller scale project – designing and installing a mosaic on a large concrete pillar in the centre of Worlds End Place. This pillar was previously seen as an eyesore and a magnet for flyposting, graffiti and other community safety issues. Local councillors agreed to use funding from City Living, Local Life to involve the Chelsea Theatre and to get the local community to vote on proposed designs by local schoolchildren and Urban Eye. The mosaic itself was then constructed by Ashburnham Primary pupils over three weeks of workshops using the template prepared by Urban Eye.
It has now been over a year since it was unveiled by the then Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea and the mosaic is still proving a successful deterrent for graffiti and flyposters. The mosaic has been created for the community, by the community through a project that was coordinated by Urban Eye. This mosaic was funded with a grant from Kensington and Chelsea Council through its City Living, Local Life initiative. The true meaning of collaboration to improve the local environment of Kensington and Chelsea!
For further information on how you can work with Urban Eye to help improve your local environment, contact Miles Watson on 020 7229 5921 or visit www.urbaneye.org.uk.