Brent Cross Community Mural

Whitefield students give the streets of Brent Cross a facelift

GCSE and A-Level students from Whitefield School, Brent Cross, have designed a mural that will run along the hoardings near Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

Barnet Council are collaborating with Whitefield School and Brent Cross Shopping Centre to facilitate a “large community mural” focusing on three themes: celebration, the local community through a young person’s eyes, and forests. The forest theme relates to the exact location of where the mural is set to be installed; on the site of Christmas tree store, Pines and Needles. The aim of the mural is to improve the look of the area and to discourage graffiti.

Students submitted paintings and photographs in response to a competition the school ran - they could either create a brand-new artwork or choose an existing artwork which they felt related to the themes. The winning artworks are being digitally merged to create a colourful, mixed-media collage of the students’ creations.

Chris Barnes, General Manager of Brent Cross Shopping Centre, said:

“The last year has reinforced the importance of working together as a community, and it’s been great to be able to collaborate with the Whitefield School on this project. As well as enlivening the area, it also showcases the incredible imagination and talent of our local young people.”

Tina Harris, Deputy Headteacher of Whitefield School, said:

“It is always exciting to work with a blank canvas, and our Head of Art and Design Ms Hodgson thought of creating a digital mural. By using images of the students’ artworks to revamp the area, it connects them to the local community as well as showcasing their talent.

“As well as submitting pieces for inclusion, students have also been directly involved in the composition of the final piece, and they’ve expressed their excitement at showcasing their art at such a central location.”

Councillor David Longstaff, Chairman of Children, Education and Safeguarding Committee, said:

“This is a glorious opportunity for students to publicly showcase their artistic imagination, originality and design skills. We hope this project can be replicated in other parts of the Brent Cross scheme, as it will provide excellent opportunities for more young people in art and design to learn, gain experience and increase their confidence”.

The mural is being installed later this month and the contributing students will feature in a short-film produced by Pictures For The People, a production agency that trains and works with unemployed young people from Job Centre Plus and the Prince’s Trust.

The fantastic community project is also being documented on our @BarnetYouth_ Instagram page, so make sure you give us a follow if you haven’t already..!