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Local people to help design art for trackside wall in Newham

Local people to help design art for trackside wall in Newham

A new community artwork is being developed for the Newham trackside wall which runs the length of nearly 2km through Custom House, Silvertown and North Woolwich.

About the project

Three internationally-renowned artists with significant ties to Newham and east London have been shortlisted to work with local people to deliver concepts for the boundary wall artwork, which will run through Custom House, Silvertown and North Woolwich.

The artists - Sonia Boyce, Oscar Murillo and Amalia Pica – all have experience of working with communities to shape their artistic and socially-engaged works of art that not only have significant visual impact but also create meaning for local people.

An exhibition of the three artists’ proposals will be travelling around community spaces for a week beginning Monday 19 June, giving you the opportunity to give feedback on your favourite proposal.

About the artists

Sonia Boyce

Over her 30-year career Sonia Boyce has emerged as one of the leading figures in the British art scene. Her work began with drawings that reflect her personal experiences to more recent works in which she uses diverse media such as photography, video, sound and testimonies to depict contemporary life.

Boyce's recent interests explore art as a social practice and the critical and contextual debates that arise from this area of study. With an emphasis on collaborative work, she has been working closely with other people since 1990, often involving improvisation and spontaneous performative actions on the part of her collaborators.

Boyce grew up in Canning Town, and later was a post-doctoral Fellow at the University of East London in Newham from 1996-2002, where she was a Director of AAVAA (the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive), managing a Research Centre on the work of contemporary artists of African and Asian descent working in the UK.

Download Sonia Boyce - Newham trackside wall artists proposal

Oscar Murillo

Oscar Murillo’s multi-faceted practice comprises painting, installation, video and performance.

In addition to his studio practice, Murillo spends much of his time and personal resources on a project to facilitate creativity in classrooms across the world through his long-term project Frequencies, in which canvases are temporarily affixed to classroom desks in selected schools across the globe, encouraging students aged ten to sixteen to create any kind of mark making—drawing, writing, doodling.

In 2015, Murillo debuted the project with a large-scale installation of canvases as part of the 56th Venice Biennale: All the World's Futures. Murillo moved from Columbia to Newham when he was ten, where he spent his adolescence and still has close ties to the area.

Download Oscar Murillo - Newham trackside wall art proposal

Amalia Pica

London-based Argentine artist Amalia Pica uses sculpture, performance art, photography,installation, slide projections, and drawing to create works that explore forms of communication, metaphor, and social engagement, with a particular interest in communication across cultures, translation and language.

In 2017, Pica had solo exhibitions at The Power Plant, Toronto; the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; and NC Arte, Bogotá to name just a few.

In 2016 Pica took part in the Gwangju Biennale and The Space Between at MASS MoCA, Massachusetts and has been featured in many other international solo and group shows. Pica has lived and had her studio in East London for over ten years, working closely with various local communities over a number years.

Download Amalia Pica - Newham trackside wall art proposal

Come and see what the artists are proposing:

Mon 19 June
  • 11am–12.30pm at North Woolwich Library, 5 Pier Rd, E16 2LJ
  • 5–7pm at Asta Community Hub, 14a Camel Rd, E16 2DE
Tue 20 June
  • 11am–12.30pm at Custom House Library, Prince Regent Ln, E16 3JJ
  • 4–6pm at The Garden Community Café, 7 Cundy Rd, E16 3DJ
Wed 21 June
  • 11am–1pm at Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre, Albert Rd, E16 2JB
  • 3–4pm at Drew Primary School (Students & Parents only), 32 Parker St, E16 2DJ
Thu 22 June
  • 11am–2pm at Tate & Lyle Factory (Staff only), Factory Rd, E16 2EW
  • 2.30–5.30pm at Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre, Albert Rd, E16 2JB;
  • 6–8pm at The Royal British Legion, 14 Constance St, E16 2DQ
Fri 23 June
  • 5–8pm at Shipman Youth Centre, 340 Prince Regent Ln, E16 3JH
Sat 24 June
  • 12–4pm at North Woolwich Community Market, Pier Parade, E16 2LJ

Download What's Going On The Newham Wall - Exhibition Schedule


Tell us what you think about the proposals

If you are not able to attend one of the drop-in sessions you can complete our Design for Newham trackside wall survey online.