Wansey St Hoarding - call out for feedback!

Hello all!

This week I've been working hard on the Wansey Street project. I've been commissioned by Southwark Council and Lendlease to create 65 meters of illustrations to adorn the hoardings in front of the Walworth Town Hall. It'll be completed this summer and will stay in place for 3-5 years.

The first step of this project was RESEARCH, learning all about the diverse history and culture of the area. I then began talking to people from the community, to learn more and test my initial ideas. I'm now at a point where I'd love to open up the discussion. If you're local to Walworth I'd love to hear what you think! My proposal follows, if you'd like to offer your feedback please do email me: as I'd LOVE to hear your thoughts.


So the area I'm looking at is Walworth SE17 London, I'm keeping it tight to Walworth and not blurring into Elephant & Castle/ Old Kent Road/ Kennington/ Camberwell etc. The plan is to create a celebratory collage of Walworth with surreal juxtapositions. Not entire buildings, but architectural details along side other elements that add interest and raise questions. This should create an intriguing artwork with familiar elements that can be thought about and gradually reveal themselves over the course of its life span.

Here's the list of things I'm planning to draw, I'm not sure if they'll all be included in the final artwork, but if you'd like to add anything to the list (or think something should be taken off) I'm all ears...

Again, rather than entire portraits/ buildings etc I'm planning to just draw key elements from each subject, ie, a hat or a chimney stack etc etc....

Aylesbury Estate
Villa Street (Octavia Hill Conservation Area)
The Red Lion 407 Walworth Rd 
Vestry Hall 1864
The Walworth Clinic (public health centre of Walworth) 1936 Grade II listed 1930’s sculpture on the top of the Health Building and the quote “The Health of the People is the Highest Law” (‘Salus populi suprema est lex’. Cicero) 
Former Newington Library
St Wilfreds Church 97 Lorrimore Rd
Lorrimore Sq/ rd (used to be grazing land) 1856 building
Sutherland Sq mid 19th C Victorian Houses (Sutherland Sq Conservation Area) was once The 
Bolton Synagogue in Wansey Street opened in 1927 (demolished and replaced with Heygate estate)
St Peters Church - Liverpool Grove (Sir John Soane) churchyard garden - ‘Monkey Park’ 1823
Temple Bar 284-286 Walworth Rd Mock Tudor
Blackwood Street Sunday Flower Market (often referred to as the ‘Root Market’) caged birds were also sold here until 1960’s
East St Baptist Church 177 East St corner of Portland St 1859
St Mark’s Church Hall 1874 (now Chapel Furnishers)
Pullens Buildings 1886 (some of the last remaining Victorian Tenements in London)
The Tankard Mock Tudor Pub 178 Walworth Rd
Walters Close almshouses
The Crown Pub Brandon St (original glazed earthenware tiling)
Surrey Square Georgian Terraced Houses 1795
The Huntsman & Hounds Pub 70 Elsted St
Heygate - Corbusier
Labour Party Head Quarter - socialist roots of area
Beaten Path pub Walworth Rd

Tulips - Walworth Garden where ‘The Florist’s Directory’ was published and became famous for their tulips
Walworth peach
giraffe - from when Pasley Park was the Royal Surrey Zoological Gardens
vesuvious (from events in pleasure gardens)
Baldwins herbs - G. Baldwin & Co Herbalists 171-173 Walworth Rd
Henry Moore sculpture in Brandon estate
Head dress from (Largest Latin American community in the capita)
Bath - Manor Place Baths (Grade II listed 1898 opened) public wash house/ laundry/ swimming baths
Ukelele - Ukelele Orchestra Great Britain
fish/ veg/ fruit - East St Market - East Lane - The Lane (official trading from 1880 but reports of selling as far back as 16th C)
The Brandon Estate (tusk of prehistoric mammoth found here during excavation  - now part of Cuming collection)
Walworth Garden - wrought iron gates/ monkey puzzle tree 
cranes to show building in area
Poppy - Town Hall was sign up centre for WW1 recruits

famous (Charlie Chaplin (bowler hat/ cane/ moustache), Michael Caine (glasses), Charles Babbage, Michael Faraday, Mary Wollstonecraft, Robert Browning, John Ruskin, George Tinworth, Samuel Palmer, Elizabeth Siddall, Octavia Hill)
waves of migration 1840 Irish from potato famine Irish/ African/ Latin American (Creation Trust Project)
feminist print collective - See Red

Area is mentioned in the Doomsday Book 1086 describes village life of the manor with corn growing and cows grazing - draw corn
Walworth Rd was once a cart track that ran through the Walworth Common - draw cart

I really do appreciate you taking the time to read through this GIANT list! If you want to find out more about me you can visit my website and again, if you have ANY views I'd love to hear them

I thought I'd finish with some snaps from recent visits to the area, Walworth has a HUGE wealth of interesting things to celebrate and I'm excited to start drawing them!... x

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