We were recently asked to help with a big project for the arts group ‘Made Public’ and their new venture ‘Colour in Romford’.

Made Public partnered with Havering Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA), and selected four prominent sites in Romford that were to be the recipients of new mural artwork painted by Graffiti Life!

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A contest was run via local press in Romford, where local artists had the chance to design the murals, four winners received a cash prize and their design immortalised in a prominent location in the town centre, by our graffiti artists.

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This was a great project to be involved with and one of the most overwhelming in terms of public support. Made Public wanted this project to kick start awareness of local art projects happening in the area but also to act as a community regeneration. The cheers of support and the many conversations we had during the four days creating the work, really kept us inspired. We have been involved in similar schemes and we have universally found that art brings the community together, people are proud of the work and feel a sense of ownership, it really is a crazy thing to see unfold in front of you. Romford town centre is now a brighter and more vibrant space, and the public seem to be loving it.

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Our project managers worked with various liaisons to ensure access for all the sites, including a huge wall on the roof of a nightclub that required full scaffolding. Our team comprised eight of the best street artists and took three days to get all four mural completed. We were careful to recreate the artists designs as closely as possible so that the competition winners were looking at literal interpretations of their work, on a huge scale. The ‘Girl with Butterflies’ piece was originally painted on a postcard size piece of paper!

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If you have any ideas for a similar project get in touch with one of our project managers today. Public art murals can bring communities together and transform boring spaces, bringing them to life!