You may have read our recent article about the beautiful mural being created at the Brandon Estate in Stockwell. The estate has fallen victim in recent decades to negative press for crime, gangs and deprivation. It is a stark contrast to the model of community it was when it was opened in 1958.
But the strength of local community is starting to change all that through projects like the community wall mural. Over the coming weeks, we will be revealing the stories behind the wall!
Brewers worked closely with Southwark council’s Clean Greener Safer Fund, and Bee Urban to host a series of inspirational community workshops at John Ruskin and St John the Divine primary schools; Highshore Secondary School; Pembroke House; Bethwin Adventure Playground and Women Make Art. There were also a number of drop-in sessions at community centres, all with the aim of creating unique imagery that would reinvigorate the community for the mural's design. The project has embraced all aspects of the community, and has been welcomed with open arms, not only by those involved, but by residents of the estate and surrounding area.
Brewers store manager Jimmy Thomson was delighted to help by donating over 150 litres of Albany Paint to the community project. The Peckham store were blown away by the enthusiasm of Bee Urban’s Barnaby Shaw as his team strove to overcome the negative image created about the estate, seeking instead to highlight a very different message.
Each account of the fourteen hexagons and further fourteen half hexagons that fill the once graffitied wall on Brandon Estate, will restore the history and pride of the area as locals tell the world what Brandon Estate means to them.