Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman with London Met students
A vibrant and creative community project to give a boost to the area around the historic Petticoat Lane Market has been unveiled.
Nine banners, featuring 18 different designs reflecting the area’s rich cultural heritage, are now on display along Wentworth Street and Middlesex Street.
The designs along Wentworth Street were created by textile students from London Metropolitan University and the banners on Middlesex Street and Bishopsgate were produced by artist Lindsay Moran from Leyden Gallery.
More than 200 prints, weaving patterns and creative ideas from the local community were used as inspiration to create the Wentworth Street banners. The final designs were finally chosen after a public vote, which over 500 local people took part in.
The banners in Middlesex Street and Bishopsgate feature photos of life around Petticoat Lane from local residents and businesses. These were used to create collages that mark some of the amazing history of the famous shopping street.
The project was jointly funded by Tower Hamlets Council and the City of London, and is part of the Middlesex Street Regeneration project, a £2.7 million investment in the area as part of a four-year programme that started in 2019.
Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Work, Economic Growth and Faith, unveiled the banners on Wednesday 12 October, with Lindsay Moran, course leader James Hunting, and his textile students who designed the banners and Laura Ratling from the City of London’s Community Engagement Team and Naomi Agyekum at Tower Hamlets’ Town Centres team.
Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman said:
“These banners are a colourful addition to the area and a brilliant example of the council and community working together for positive change. The Middlesex Street Regeneration project is investing heavily in the area to bring more people to visit and shop. I hope these community banners create a buzz about the area and I encourage everyone to come and see them.”
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:
“I want to see our high streets bounce back from the crisis and this project is one of the ways we are helping them to do that. We’re also investing £320,000 in our Thriving High Streets 3 fund and have provided support to 88 local businesses through that, and are spending £266,750 to deep clean 10 high streets across the borough to make them more attractive to shoppers and visitors.”
Laura Ratling, from the City of London’s Community Engagement Team, said:
“The Community Banners project forms part of the ongoing community engagement programme which underpins the planned developments, and which aims ensure that members of the wider community have the opportunity feed into and feel part of the planned changes. The project encouraged people to explore their relationship with textiles, the area, and the history of textiles in the area; whilst showcasing the wealth of vibrant fabrics on offer, and the history of this, which forms an impressive and unique trajectory.”
Posted on Monday 18th October 2021