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Artistic makeover for shop shutters in Lismore Circus

Young people show off spray can skills

27 August, 2020 — By Helen Chapman

YOUNG people have helped bring a splash of colour to their neighbourhood with a new graffiti project this week.

Shop shutters in Lismore Circus got a makeover between Saturday and Tuesday as part of the scheme by the Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation, which was funded by Camden Council.

The foundation’s chief executive, Debbi Clark, said: “Because all the young people involved live there, they have a positive connection. They have a chance to echo their voice and create art which represents them. We are connecting the arts to the businesses and young people. It resonates with the community and they feel like they belong.”

Youngsters aged eight to 18 are working on the project with artist Sam Sure, who created a celebrated portrait of prime minister Boris Johnson as a clown in Brick Lane.

Careline, the Somali Community Centre, Sam’s Cupcakes, House of Clay and Ludham and Waxham TRA Hall are all having their shutters spruced up. And each will be unique to the business, said Ms Clark. The artwork at hair salon Goddess will feature the owner’s dog, called Poppy.

Councillor Jonathan Simpson, Camden’s culture chief, said: “We’re very happy to support this project which uses creativity to bring young people together in Gospel Oak.”


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