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MIXED MURAL: Edgware campaigners dismayed by design of new mural

 Published on: 8th May 2024   |   By: Sophia Sheera   |   Category: Uncategorized

Edgware residents have expressed mixed responses to the new mural on Station Road, which was installed by Barnet Council last month.

The mural project was supported by representatives from Transport for London and developers Ballymore, the same organisations proposing to build 25 tower blocks in Edgware where the bus garage currently stands.

Save our Edgware spokesperson Anuta Zack argued that for a heritage project supposedly celebrating 100 years of Edgware’s Tube station and development as a London suburb, the mural references remarkably little of the area’s culture.

She said: “There are plenty of things that could have been celebrated as part of the centenary art project. And yet instead we have a somewhat ironic reminder that the very reason Edgware grew as a suburb is because people wanted to escape the pollution of the city.”

A Barnet Council spokesperson said: “The mural, conceived by artist Holly Graham, was collaboratively designed with input from the local community. Seventy-five young locals participated in workshops organised by the FUSE Youth group, alongside students from Edgware Primary School and Northgate School, as well as a drop-in session facilitated by the artist.

“Curated by UP Projects, it was commissioned by Barnet Council as a part of the commemorative programme honouring 100 years of Station Road. The design itself emerged out of the collaboration between the artist and the local community.

“We want to make sure that everyone who wishes to, can participate and help shape the future of Edgware town centre.

“We hope that residents will enjoy the mural; it has already started so many conversations.”

Photo credit: Barnet Council and Thierry Bal

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