A second large scale community arts project in Hackney is due to adorn the perimeter fencing around the site of the Hackney New Primary School in Kingsland Road.
The first Open Art initiative on site hoardings at number 23 Englefield Road, the refurbishment of an office building and neighbouring restaurant, involved the creation of a series of stunning large scale paintings on the theme of community, created by a group of 23 year nine students from Hackney New School. The artwork was displayed from January to April this year.
This time a group of year 11 students have been painting the giant hoarding boards with pictures on the theme love and lust. They are due to be erected around the Kingsland Road site in the coming weeks.
Open Art was founded by art director Paul Coomey to maximise the potential of the, otherwise drab and graffiti-blighted, hoardings boards as blank canvasses for community art. The initiative has been supported by the Benyon Estate which pledged a donation to fund the boards for the art work.
“There is a lot of community art work happening, which doesn’t have a platform to be showcased,” explains Paul. “And there is a lot of construction work going on which is surrounded with plain boards which often attract graffiti. I’ve long thought there is some potential here.
“Due to its temporary nature, it’s almost like the project is an exhibition on a community canvas. It allows the young artists to reach beyond the pieces of A3 paper in the classroom,” Paul adds.
Edward Benyon of the Benyon Estate said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to provide the platform for the brilliant and inspiring art work of these young artists and to support Paul’s efforts to showcase community art.”