Globe Town public artwork

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Over the past 2 years Tower Hamlets Council’s High Streets & Town Centres team have been developing the regeneration programme for Roman Road West, also known as Globe Town.

In 2019, the High Streets & Town Centres team appointed the Whitechapel Gallery as a consultant to set-up the process to commission a public artwork in Globe Town.

Have your say on each of the three proposals by the 31st January 2021 by voting via the survey.

The commission will be a unique, public and permanent artwork installed in Globe Town Square on the east flank wall of Clynes House, Knottisford Road. We believe the artwork has the ability to strengthen the distinctive character and identity of the borough. The final artwork will be intriguing, memorable, sensitive to the local environment and context, and will add to the narrative of the area.

As a result of a pre-consultation process with local community groups, businesses and residents this summer, the council have invited three artists – Shiraz Bayjoo, Rana Begum and Katie Schwab – of local and international significance to submit proposals for the commission. All three artists live and work locally in East London, and have proposed workshops or events with local residents and the community before the final artwork is installed.

Proposals

Shiraz Bayjoo

Rana Begum

Katie Schwab


How the artist will be selected

In collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, the consultation process began in November 2019, and pre-consultation for the artist longlist took place in July 2020. The feedback from the community groups, residents and businesses resulted in the shortlisted artist.

The selection of the final proposal will be informed by the consultation survey results, which will be furthered reviewed by a Jury panel consisting of Councillor Eve McQuillan, Iwona Blazwick, Director of Whitechapel Gallery, a local artist and local resident representative.

The final artwork will be selected in February 2021.

Have your say

We want to hear from you! Have your say on each of the three proposals by the 31st January 2021 by voting via the survey.

If you would like to be involved in workshops with the selected artist in 2021, please email towncentres@towerhamlets.gov.uk to register your interest.


Roman Road West Regeneration Programme Context

In July 2019 the Council’s cabinet approved £1.67m funding (£1.57m capital & £100,000 revenue) for the regeneration programme as part of its capital delivery programme including:

  • Opening-up a railway arch to create a new walking route for 15,000 staff and students to connect Queen Mary University of London campus with the town centre via Meath Gardens

  • Public realm with wayfinding & signage, planters on the high street and artwork to the sides of housing blocks

  • Relaunch the Market Square with seating, lighting, planting and equipment for the market traders

  • Changing solid metal shutters into open grills on shopfronts

  • Converting underused lock-ups into workspace

Over the past 2 years Tower Hamlets Council’s High Streets & Town Centres team have been developing the regeneration programme for Roman Road West, also known as Globe Town.

In 2019, the High Streets & Town Centres team appointed the Whitechapel Gallery as a consultant to set-up the process to commission a public artwork in Globe Town.

Have your say on each of the three proposals by the 31st January 2021 by voting via the survey.

The commission will be a unique, public and permanent artwork installed in Globe Town Square on the east flank wall of Clynes House, Knottisford Road. We believe the artwork has the ability to strengthen the distinctive character and identity of the borough. The final artwork will be intriguing, memorable, sensitive to the local environment and context, and will add to the narrative of the area.

As a result of a pre-consultation process with local community groups, businesses and residents this summer, the council have invited three artists – Shiraz Bayjoo, Rana Begum and Katie Schwab – of local and international significance to submit proposals for the commission. All three artists live and work locally in East London, and have proposed workshops or events with local residents and the community before the final artwork is installed.

Proposals

Shiraz Bayjoo

Rana Begum

Katie Schwab


How the artist will be selected

In collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, the consultation process began in November 2019, and pre-consultation for the artist longlist took place in July 2020. The feedback from the community groups, residents and businesses resulted in the shortlisted artist.

The selection of the final proposal will be informed by the consultation survey results, which will be furthered reviewed by a Jury panel consisting of Councillor Eve McQuillan, Iwona Blazwick, Director of Whitechapel Gallery, a local artist and local resident representative.

The final artwork will be selected in February 2021.

Have your say

We want to hear from you! Have your say on each of the three proposals by the 31st January 2021 by voting via the survey.

If you would like to be involved in workshops with the selected artist in 2021, please email towncentres@towerhamlets.gov.uk to register your interest.


Roman Road West Regeneration Programme Context

In July 2019 the Council’s cabinet approved £1.67m funding (£1.57m capital & £100,000 revenue) for the regeneration programme as part of its capital delivery programme including:

  • Opening-up a railway arch to create a new walking route for 15,000 staff and students to connect Queen Mary University of London campus with the town centre via Meath Gardens

  • Public realm with wayfinding & signage, planters on the high street and artwork to the sides of housing blocks

  • Relaunch the Market Square with seating, lighting, planting and equipment for the market traders

  • Changing solid metal shutters into open grills on shopfronts

  • Converting underused lock-ups into workspace

  • Shiraz Bayjoo

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    14 Dec 2020


    Option 1: Ceramic collage with archival images from Stepney library archive focusing on protest movements in-situ


    Option 3:
    Ceramic collage with archival images from Stepney library archive


    Shiraz Bayjoo proposes a large photographic, ceramic collage of archival material that combines the history of Tower Hamlets with the contemporary character of residents today.

    Bayjoo proposes collaborating with residents to source images that reflect the religious, cultural and symbolic identity of residents today as well as the history of the area. This history could include, but is not limited to, the London docks and the textile industry, trade unionism, the welfare state, women’s vote and the area’s famous resilience during the Second World War bombings. The final artwork will include images, symbols and text. Research material will be sourced from local archives including Stepney Library.

    The final artwork will be bright and vibrant, reminiscent of South Asian cinema posters, and it will be made of ceramic tiles, referencing late Victorian ceramic murals local to the area.

    View artist video here

    About Shiraz Bayjoo:

    Shiraz Bayjoo is a Mauritian artist living in London. His work considers ideas of nationhood and identities, often tracing histories of people and places through archival sources – including maps, images, and texts. He creates painting, photographs, installations as well as public artworks and collaborative projects.



    Option 1: Ceramic collage with archival images from Stepney library archive focusing on protest movements in-situ


    Option 3:
    Ceramic collage with archival images from Stepney library archive


    Shiraz Bayjoo proposes a large photographic, ceramic collage of archival material that combines the history of Tower Hamlets with the contemporary character of residents today.

    Bayjoo proposes collaborating with residents to source images that reflect the religious, cultural and symbolic identity of residents today as well as the history of the area. This history could include, but is not limited to, the London docks and the textile industry, trade unionism, the welfare state, women’s vote and the area’s famous resilience during the Second World War bombings. The final artwork will include images, symbols and text. Research material will be sourced from local archives including Stepney Library.

    The final artwork will be bright and vibrant, reminiscent of South Asian cinema posters, and it will be made of ceramic tiles, referencing late Victorian ceramic murals local to the area.

    View artist video here

    About Shiraz Bayjoo:

    Shiraz Bayjoo is a Mauritian artist living in London. His work considers ideas of nationhood and identities, often tracing histories of people and places through archival sources – including maps, images, and texts. He creates painting, photographs, installations as well as public artworks and collaborative projects.


  • Rana Begum

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    14 Dec 2020


    Colourful sprayed wall-painting that reflects the light


    Elevation drawing of the colourful sprayed wall-painting that reflects the light


    Rana Begum proposes a full-coverage wall painting with a sprayed pattern she describes as ‘an explosion of colour, culture and energy.’

    The bold colours and flurry of sprayed marks represent the vibrancy and activity in the area. The painting is intended to be an energetic and exciting reference to the regenerated market, infusing the area with a sense of positivity, light and joy.

    Begum proposes using many layers of vibrant and pastel colours to create a sense of depth and movement. The circular forms will appear to hover back and forth on the surface of the wall. Begum also proposes using metallic elements in the paint, creating a shiny and iridescent effect. Light will reflect off the surface of the painting, creating different visual effects at different times of day.

    View artist video here

    About Rana Begum:

    Rana Begum. Photo by Anne Purkiss

    Rana Begum was born in Bangladesh and lives and works in London. Her work moves between painting, sculpture and architecture, and investigates the interplay of colour, light and geometry. Begum’s works absorb and reflect varied densities of light to produce an experience for the viewer that is both temporal and sensorial. Her visual language draws from the urban landscape as well as geometric patterns from Islamic art and architecture.


    Colourful sprayed wall-painting that reflects the light


    Elevation drawing of the colourful sprayed wall-painting that reflects the light


    Rana Begum proposes a full-coverage wall painting with a sprayed pattern she describes as ‘an explosion of colour, culture and energy.’

    The bold colours and flurry of sprayed marks represent the vibrancy and activity in the area. The painting is intended to be an energetic and exciting reference to the regenerated market, infusing the area with a sense of positivity, light and joy.

    Begum proposes using many layers of vibrant and pastel colours to create a sense of depth and movement. The circular forms will appear to hover back and forth on the surface of the wall. Begum also proposes using metallic elements in the paint, creating a shiny and iridescent effect. Light will reflect off the surface of the painting, creating different visual effects at different times of day.

    View artist video here

    About Rana Begum:

    Rana Begum. Photo by Anne Purkiss

    Rana Begum was born in Bangladesh and lives and works in London. Her work moves between painting, sculpture and architecture, and investigates the interplay of colour, light and geometry. Begum’s works absorb and reflect varied densities of light to produce an experience for the viewer that is both temporal and sensorial. Her visual language draws from the urban landscape as well as geometric patterns from Islamic art and architecture.

  • Katie Schwab

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    14 Dec 2020


    Option 1: Abstract ‘patchwork’ of bright colours and shapes referencing the history of tile and brick production in Tower Hamlets. Glazed brick, ceramic tile, paint.


    Option 2: Abstract ‘patchwork’ of bright colours and shapes referencing the history of tile and brick production in Tower Hamlets. Glazed brick, ceramic tile, paint


    Katie Schwab proposes a collectively-designed abstract mural created to reflect the diversity and distinctiveness of Tower Hamlets and its history.

    Made with ceramic tiles, glazed bricks and painted elements, the final artwork will reference the history of brick and tile production in the borough as well as local architecture. For example, in the 17th and 18th centuries, bricks were made from clay dug from pits around Roman Road West; artist Peggy Angus created printed tiles for the Susan Lawrence/ Elizabeth Lansbury School in Tower Hamlets; and Bethnal Green underground station is decorated with ceramic tiles. Attuned to the intersecting local material, social and cultural histories of Roman Road West, the striking artwork will explore questions around collective memory, public and private space, craft and industrial production.

    Schwab proposes a series of workshops with residents to create a range of designs to form the final artwork, which will be an abstract ‘patchwork’ of bright colours and shapes. Depending on the outcome of these workshops, the final artwork may cover the whole site or a section.

    View artist video here

    About Katie Schwab:

    Katie Schwab. Photo by Sarah Packer

    Katie Schwab is an artist living and working in London. Her work weaves together personal, social, and craft-based histories, often drawing from overlooked traditions of making and working collectively. She has made tapestries, embroideries and furniture, and works with processes including woodblock printing and quilting. Schwab often works collaboratively, involving other people in the design and making of these artworks.




    Option 1: Abstract ‘patchwork’ of bright colours and shapes referencing the history of tile and brick production in Tower Hamlets. Glazed brick, ceramic tile, paint.


    Option 2: Abstract ‘patchwork’ of bright colours and shapes referencing the history of tile and brick production in Tower Hamlets. Glazed brick, ceramic tile, paint


    Katie Schwab proposes a collectively-designed abstract mural created to reflect the diversity and distinctiveness of Tower Hamlets and its history.

    Made with ceramic tiles, glazed bricks and painted elements, the final artwork will reference the history of brick and tile production in the borough as well as local architecture. For example, in the 17th and 18th centuries, bricks were made from clay dug from pits around Roman Road West; artist Peggy Angus created printed tiles for the Susan Lawrence/ Elizabeth Lansbury School in Tower Hamlets; and Bethnal Green underground station is decorated with ceramic tiles. Attuned to the intersecting local material, social and cultural histories of Roman Road West, the striking artwork will explore questions around collective memory, public and private space, craft and industrial production.

    Schwab proposes a series of workshops with residents to create a range of designs to form the final artwork, which will be an abstract ‘patchwork’ of bright colours and shapes. Depending on the outcome of these workshops, the final artwork may cover the whole site or a section.

    View artist video here

    About Katie Schwab:

    Katie Schwab. Photo by Sarah Packer

    Katie Schwab is an artist living and working in London. Her work weaves together personal, social, and craft-based histories, often drawing from overlooked traditions of making and working collectively. She has made tapestries, embroideries and furniture, and works with processes including woodblock printing and quilting. Schwab often works collaboratively, involving other people in the design and making of these artworks.



  • Whitechapel Gallery

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    14 Dec 2020

    Whitechapel Gallery is a public art gallery on Whitechapel High Street. The gallery hosts exhibitions, commissions, talks, workshops, live events and education programmes with the mission to increase understanding and enjoyment of contemporary art. The gallery was founded in 1901 and is a touchstone for contemporary art both locally and internationally.

    www.whitechapelgallery.org

    Whitechapel Gallery is a public art gallery on Whitechapel High Street. The gallery hosts exhibitions, commissions, talks, workshops, live events and education programmes with the mission to increase understanding and enjoyment of contemporary art. The gallery was founded in 1901 and is a touchstone for contemporary art both locally and internationally.

    www.whitechapelgallery.org