Keeping the community at the heart of the designs, artist Rose Hill held a series of six community workshops for residents and local people to work on the final design of the mural over the summer of 2022.
Encapsulating the past, present, and future of Teviot, inspiration came from a wide variety of sources including the Platinum Jubilee celebrations; the Scottish heritage of the original owner of Teviot; African and Islamic artwork to reflect residents’ ethnic backgrounds and flags and rainbows to reflect the inclusivity of the community.
Supported by: The Hill Group, Poplar Harca, Leaders in the Community, and Dulux.
This creative venture was proposed as a way to strengthen ties between the local population, aiding in building a foundation of unity, collaboration, and inclusivity for future residents.
Through the first few sessions, Rose guided the participants to explore their creative side. Various mood boarding sessions allowed the individuals to learn about colour theory, using different art materials, placement, and pattern work.
The participants then took part in discussion sessions on their culture, values, and what was most important to them. From this discussion stemmed the final design, where the participants used the "square" space method inspired by artist Piet Mondrian to design a part of the final mural. The participants worked with Rose to help fine-tune their designs so that they reflected their values, culture, and community.
“Whilst helping in the creation of the mural, I felt like I was part of something truly positive for our community. Not only has the art outwardly brightened our community, but this project has created an opportunity for all generations to get together and chat every week. Hopefully, I have made some friends for life through this process.”
Falone Bulsa, Local Resident.
The residents, a local artist Mona Sharif, and Rose Hill came together to paint the 11-meter high by 9-meter wide mural over 18 days in August and September 2022.
Capturing the essence of the regeneration project, references to the sun were used to symbolise a bright future, abundant with opportunities for the residents
Coming to an end on the 24th of September, residents had a final opportunity to take part in the painting of the mural at the annual ‘Our Teviot’ summer festival.
Attracting forty-seven participants, the art piece became a captivating talking point for the wider community, both for those directly involved and the countless keen observers.
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.
Falone designed the positive-negative design that expresses phenomenal (spelled with an F) female FF and wanted to illustrate the infinity sign and sun to symbolise a bright future, abundant with opportunities each day. Using skills taught during the workshops, Falone also wanted to incorporate the stripe pattern to incorporate the sea and the horizon.
“We worked on a wonderful art wall as a community project. The experience was amazing as we initially signed up just for the children but found it suitable for both me as the adult/parent but also for the children as we were able to expand on our understanding of art through learning about patterns. Not only was it a great learning experience but also a great bonding and therapeutic time for my family. My daughter constantly would ask for Rose as she loved how warm her character! Thank you for allowing us to be part of this journey and we hope to be apart of some more projects in the near future!” Falone Balusa Project Participant 2022
Malachi designed the diagonal stripes, spots and all-over prints after learning about all the different elements in the creative workshops.
Amara created the scale print inspired by her mermaid doll, after learning about scale repeats.
Miriam incorporated the learnings from the workshop through checks, dot repeat, and positive-negative design
Sandra was drawn to the positive-negative designs and warm colours.
“My children and I had a great experience. Rose was amazing and was fantastic with the kids, I really enjoyed how Rose went through the colour theory and patterns. Every session was therapeutic for me as I was going through a difficult time and the workshop provided the time needed to support my well-being. Plus My daughter loved going to the workshop as she has a passion for all things art. Great bonding time with the family. Furthermore, I am pleased to be part of the community project Would definitely recommend!” Sandra Balusa Project Participant 2022
R-Urban a local Community garden and Michelle a project participant inspired this sustainable design of tomatoes, oranges and courgettes.
“Enjoying everything about the workshop, having an input in the community project. I feel apart of something positive for the community" Michelle Project Participant 2022
Abigail incorporated an inspiration of the congo flag for our final mural.
“LOVE everything!! I like working with Rose and Elika asked for her at the weekend” Abigail Project Participant 2022
MacIntosh Tartan that reflects the
original Scottish land owners who named the estate "Teviot." This was contributed by Paul Mancrief.
Jomelia designed a polka repeat from patterns that she learned about in the workshops.
Elikia incorporated her love for the colour red and stripe patterns after learning about them in our creative workshops
Naushin and her two sons Ammar and Zahair Ahmed inspired the Islamic and Arabic art.
“I met rose at a workshop in our community centre. She is a fantastic lady, so friendly and easy going.Recently she contacted me to take part in mural wall painting in our area.I love the wall she and her team painted.Me and my sons also did some painting and we loved that.She guided us every step. Thanks Rose you are lovely” Naushin Ahmed Project Participant 2022
Teviot action group (The Coffee Morning Group) incorporated the LGBTQIA2S+ flag to further support the many ways in which individuals choose to self-identify. They also asked for the unique Poplar trees because they're only found in Poplar. Painting the mural in the Summer of 2022 the group wanted the Queen's Platinum Jubilee to be included in the design. Together we came up with the bunting in red, white, and blue to represent the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Zyon was inspired by the warm colours and chevron designs that he learned about during the workshop.
We incorporated a wooden block art carving inspired by the African (congo-kinshasa) method.
“Community engagement has always been central to our regeneration plans. We strongly believe that local residents should be placed at the heart of the design process and this mural is a visual reminder of this pact. Its bold, contrasting patterns reflect the multitude of voices that helped create this striking mural. Due to the success of this project, we hope to incorporate similar projects in the future.”
Kelly Player, Social Value Manager at The Hill Group