Young artists brighten development project

By Suruchi Sharma - Thu 25 April 2019, 1:59 pm

Schoolchildren from Bermondsey (pictured) have helped create a street art gallery to decorate the outside of a new housing development in the borough.

Year 5 pupils at Boutcher Church of England Primary School were invited to take part in the project by housing developer London Square to produce art for the site in Grange Road. 

The developer is creating private and affordable homes on a former industrial site, and the first phase of the £220 million regeneration designed by Coffey Architects is The Tannery. 

The site was once home to a Crosse and Blackwell factory, and will include the restoration and conversion of the original Tannery building that dates back to the 1920s. 

The development will also include galleries and studios for Bermondsey-based Tannery Arts, as well as co-working spaces for startups.

The schoolchildren were guided by artist Hayes Hopkinson to explore the neighbourhood, taking photographs of points of interest, and asked to create images of their experiences. 

The drawings were superimposed and arranged onto a selection of the photographs, and Hopkinson added colour to the drawings to produce the graphics that now appear on the site’s hoardings. 

Director at London Square, Rebecca Littler, said: "We are so proud to be showing the work of these talented young artists. London Square is always keen to get involved in the community, working with schools and groups. The results of the art project are there for all local people to enjoy as they pass the development."