Mural reflects strong community spirit
It is well known that art can help mental health and well-being and create a space for social connection. With this in mind, Higgins Partnerships and Lewisham Homes approached award winning graphic artist Rose Hill from Rose Hill Designs and Co-Creative Connection to create a large colourful mural on the hoarding at their Mayow Road site.
Rose set up a series of three workshops for residents to join in and shape the final design which now takes pride and place on the hoarding.
Rose explains, “This is a really exciting project and something I am really passionate about. Art is really powerful at breaking down social barriers and getting people to relax and feel in the present. I saw residents come together, relax and meet each other, forming bonds with people they hadn’t met before despite living in the area for 30 years or more. I am so thrilled with the final mural and the community spirit shown in creating it."
Bibi Maderbocus, a Lewisham Homes resident who took part in the project said,
“I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, meeting new people and doing something I have never done or would ever think of being a part of. Looking at the finished artwork, I feel so very proud knowing I was part of that."
Amy Ross, Head of Social Value, Higgins Partnerships said, “We are thrilled with the fantastic mural that members of the local community and Rose have created for our site at Mayow Road. It’s great to see the mural reflect everyone’s views on such an important topic as climate change. Seeing the enjoyment and pride that has come from this project shows how rewarding such community-based projects are.”
David Lowry, Senior Development Manager, Lewisham Homes said: “This project is an excellent example of the social value benefits that are being delivered on the Mayow Road project. In organising and running the workshops, designing and installing the mural, both Rose and Higgins Partnerships have demonstrated a commitment to community involvement and the benefit that it can bring to our residents. We are delighted with the final result, and that all those who participated found it enjoyable and empowering.”