Barnet marks Edgware’s centenary with new mural

The mural was co-designed with the local community

A vibrant mural painted on a building side
The new mural

Barnet Council has unveiled a new mural titled ‘Stop and Smell the Flowers’ in Edgware, as part of an engaging Cultural Programme aimed at revitalising Station Road and the surrounding area.

The mural draws inspiration from the area’s rich heritage with the aim of fostering lasting positive changes in Edgware. The artwork is integrated with the onsite digital screen alongside the mural with imagery developed in collaboration with Clean Air Barnet and Middlesex University aiming to raise awareness about air quality.

The mural created by the artist Holly Graham, is co-designed together with the local community. 75 local young people collaborated with the artist through workshops with the FUSE Youth group and students from Edgware Primary School and Northgate School, as well as during a drop-in session.

This project has been curated by the public art organisation, UP Projects, and commissioned by Barnet Council as part of a celebratory programme marking 100 Years of Station Road, designed to explore the role creative practice can play in bringing communities together and activating the high street.

Cllr Ammar Naqvi, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Arts & Sports, said: “The council recognises the profound impact of arts and culture in creating a sense of place and driving positive change. Through this new artwork commemorating the centenary of Station Road, we reaffirm our commitment to place Barnet as a vibrant cultural hub for all Londoners to visit and explore the diverse cultural offerings our borough has to offer.”

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