The streets — well, walls — of Lewisham are about to get a bit brighter.
The Lewisham School of Muralism will take around 36 young people through training in the art of mural creation, from identifying possible spaces and mural design, through to the painting and preservation of murals.
Goldsmiths students from across departments (including Media, Arts, and Sociology) will lead the courses, partnered with young, aspiring artists from disadvantaged backgrounds in the local area.
Funding for the school was secured through Crowdfund London, a joint project between the Mayor of London, and civic crowdfunding website Spacehive — the initiative gives Londoners a platform to pitch creative and community-led projects, for the chance of funding support from the Greater London Authority.
And this project's very much a community-coalition effort, with funding received from a mix of larger institutions — the Mayor of London, and Goldsmiths — along with eight Lewisham Council wards, 300 local residents, and paint donations from Brewers Decorators Centres.
You can learn more about the Lewisham School of Muralism here, and watch out for their artworks blooming across the borough.
Confirmed wallspace has already been agreed with local businesses and premises, including Lewisham Hospital, Lewisham Homes, Lewisham Shopping Centre and Network Rail, among others.
Learn more about the Lewisham School of Muralism here.