Arts group provides splash of colour at new development

Tue 25 September 2012, 10:14 am

A community arts organisation has provided colourful decorations on hoardings surrounding a Laing O’Rourke development project in Barking.

William Street Quarter: hoardings covered in art

UP!Barking approached the contractor to decorate the William Street Quarter hoardings in time for the Paralympic torch relay.

The organisation was set up by London Borough of Barking and Dagenham using money from the Outer London Fund set up by London mayor Boris Johnson.

Laing O’Rourke project leader at the William Street Quarter development, Andy Griffiths, said: “We were pleased to meet with David Harley from the Borough’s regeneration team, and an artist from UP!Barking. When we heard what they wanted to do, we were excited to help promote this fantastic community art project.”

UP!Barking provides young people with commercial design skills and experience through free workshops in photography, photoshop and screen printing which will result in bespoke artwork for the numerous development site hoardings across Barking Town Centre.  

Temporary artwork was installed ready for the Torch Relay and workshops are about to take place for new designs for the William Street Quarter site, which will be installed later this year.

David Harley from the councill’s regeneration team said: “The Northern Relief Road frontage is a superb canvass for UP!Barking to showcase their innovate work and I’d like to say a big thank you to Laing O’Rourke for working with us.”

William Street Quarter is one of two projects (with the Eastern End Thames View) that will deliver a total of 477 affordable housing units using an innovative funding and delivery model.

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