Collaborating with the City of London residents of York Way Estate and the Islington community, we set out to create a vibrant community mural in May 2023 measuring 9.4m x 2.4m on the Higgins Partnership hoardings for 91 new social homes.
Our goal was to capture the community's ideas and spirit in the artwork and get everyone involved in the process. We wanted to make sure that everyone's ideas were represented in the mural. Participants drew inspiration from love, the rich local history, McMorran & Whitby architecture, and nearby estates, which we incorporated into the mural's patterns.
As a part of our environmental responsibility, we used recycled paints from our previous projects with Dulux and Brewers to ensure that no materials went to waste. Our aim is to create a beautiful mural that would inspire and bring joy to everyone who sees it.
Supported by: Higgins Partnerships, The City Of London, Brewers and Dulux.
Islington Mural Progression Video
The participants attended three workshops in March, where they explored their creativity and learned about different design elements. In the:
First workshop, we discussed the importance of colours and creating a mood board to set the tone for the artwork. We engaged in discussions about the participants' ideas and values, which helped to direct the mural's theme.
Second workshop, they learned about different inclusive pattern designs, such as African, Islamic, and Indian art, chevrons, and diamond layouts. This gave everyone the opportunity to explore and expand their design knowledge.
Final workshop, they used all the knowledge gained from the previous sessions to co-design the mural artwork together. Participants designed their own sections of the final mural and were able to choose their preferred patterns, colours, and shapes to include. This allowed them to take ownership of the project and create something truly unique and special.
The workshops were a fun and creative way to bring everyone together and create something beautiful for everyone to enjoy.
"It was fun to be creative with other people in the community and to be a part of such a colourful project. I love the mural, loved helping design it and being able to do some of the painting. Can’t wait to see it finished. I’m sure it will look great and will bring light and colourful energy into this housing project."
The completed mural is a beautiful representation of the past, present, and future of Islington. We drew inspiration from the estate's architecture, The distinctive white banding inspired by the McMorran & Whitby architecture, Victorian pub tiles, and playful playground patterns to create a design that celebrates the unique character of the area.
The inclusive design of the mural includes Indian art, the word LOVE written in hearts with the LGBTQIA2s+ flag behind to indicate that everyone is loved. This is an important message that we wanted to convey through our artwork.
We incorporated the Victoria line pattern, which opened in 1969, showcasing the estate's connection to the city's transportation system.
Through this design, the mural pays tribute to the rich history of Islington and celebrates the local community's spirit and essence. It's a beautiful representation of the area's past and present patterns, making it a wonderful addition to the community.
“We are really impressed with the stunning mural which now takes pride of place on our hoarding. I would like to thank all those who have taken part in creating it and hope the wider community will be inspired and enjoy seeing it as they walk by. Its wonderful to see throughout the design how the mural pays tribute to the rich history of Islington and celebrates the local community’s spirit and essence."
“We are really pleased to work with Rose once again on this fantastic addition to the local community.”
-Amy Ross, Director of ESG at Higgins Partnerships 2023
Ruzi Bibi Hassain, Rose Hill and Amy Ross- Islington Community Mural 2023
About The Design
Learn about the individuals who participated in this project and the thought process behind the design choices for each section of the mural.
Miriam loved this 60s style design after seeing it on TV
in-between workshops and photographed it to be included. Miriam wanted to use blue after learning the meaning behind blue in the colour theory session.
Gareth enjoyed colouring the chevrons and wanted to include them after learning about patterns.
Lia wrote the word LOVE using hearts as the letters. Behind the word LOVE she added the LGBTQIA2S+ flag which symbolises that everyone is loved.
Tasia designed this artwork incorporating stripes after learning about them in the patterns session.
Shraddha created her very own Indian inspired artworks using her heritage and Henna designs.
The postcode N7 was designed by Natalie. We repeated the N7 close together to resemble stitching on clothes.
Leo created his own pattern design and wanted his man to be included. He loved the warm colours after learning about them in the colour theory.
Tessa created her own pattern design after learning about pattern styles. Tessa's design took shape in the form of pyramids, and when looking at them, it creates a 3D feeling, and other shapes start to appear.
Lia and Leo created their own diamond pattern together after learning about patterns.
"I have attended three workshops, together with my 10 year old, and I am so happy we did! The workshops were about designing a mural for hoardings on a construction site, every session was well prepared, informative and interesting! Rose is an incredible artist and amazing person. She made us feel welcomed and appreciated. Loved working on creating new patterns and designs! I look forward to participate in future projects organised by Rose."
Lia, Project Participant