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Community Art Project Approved!

Catalyst Housing is delighted to announce that we have secured over £20k funding from the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Housing and Regeneration Fund and Catalyst Gateway to work with a local artist to create a unique and vibrant piece of art that will transform the wall ramp and stairs area of Paul House into a colourful focal point that will brighten up the area.

The access ramp and the entrance to Wornington Green from Ladbroke Grove was identified by residents who took part in an estate walkabout and local organisations as being a particular eyesore.

We have commissioned an established local artist, Fiona Hawthorne, to create the artwork for the ramp. Fiona has lived and worked in this area for 30 years. Featured in Thames and Hudson’s book “Design After Dark”, Fiona has a long history of involvement in street art, art in schools and Carnival.

Fiona states, “this is a very exciting project as it is a rare opportunity to turn a functional concrete ramp into a piece of sculptural art. I want to wrap every surface – top and sides – into bright, colourful imagery that draws you in and tells a story, or many stories. Moreover, I want to make the piece something that residents of the immediate area have contributed to and that reflects their heritage, their stories”.

I actually paint on computer using a digital brush and palette, so can achieve a mix of photos and paint and can print the art on waterproof vinyl that can be applied directly to walls, around banisters and fittings, bringing the structure to life. I look forward to working with the residents to make this a joint collaborative project that involves drawings, photographs and snapshots of the history of this unique part of London.”

Over the coming months Fiona will be running a series of workshops with residents, a local school and the Venture Centre to create the artwork to be erected on the concrete ramp. The content of the artwork will be busy and electric and will involve a mix of painting and photographs about the local area, North Kensington and Notting Hill and will reflect its rich mix of diversity of architecture, culture and people.

Fiona will be doing a presentation at the Residents’ Public Meeting on Thursday 27 November, 6pm, at the Venture Centre. Pop in and find out more about this exciting project and how you can get involved. Contact Patricia Poorman on 0300 456 2099 or email patricia.poorman@chg.org.uk for more information.

The image shows a mock-up of how colourful artwork could enhance the area. The content used is just to show colour.

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