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New mural on Pomell Way shaping upcoming Petticoat Lane Art Trail

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A new public artwork, chosen by the local community, has been unveiled on Pomell Way in Aldgate East.

A launch event on 11 October saw the local community come together to celebrate the unveiling of the new mural, which sits on the exterior wall of London Metropolitan University’s East End Campus.

Tower Hamlets Council partnered with Whitechapel Gallery, to invite London-based artists to submit design concepts that reflected the area's unique history.

Through a set of community consultations, Whitechapel Gallery shortlisted three local artists. Their designs were then shared with members of the public, who voted for their favourite.

Jacob V Joyce’s design, titled 'Nourishing Disruptions' was the winner of the vote. One voter noted that they felt Joyce’s concept “represents the local area, champions youth and creativity and points positively to the future.”

The mural aims to inspire future generations and educate people that visit the area by paying tribute to some of the radical activists and art histories of Whitechapel, including the Jagonari Women’s Centre, the Shaheed Minar Monument in Altab Ali Park, and the protests which attempted to save the Bell Foundry.

There are plans for more murals to be created in the area, which will form the Petticoat Lane Art Trail, and help attract more visitors and shoppers to this historic area of London.

Artist Jacob V Joyce said: “Murals exist as public-facing archives which often subvert the politics of ‘the gallery’. There's something about an artwork that's out in the street which bypasses that and engages with a much bigger audience.”

Councillor Abu Talha Chowdhury, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Growth, said: “I’m delighted to see this striking piece of public artwork brighten our streets-scape. It’s fantastic to see a local artist working with the community to create a mural that reflects Tower Hamlets, our culture, and our story.

“The aim of the Petticoat Lane Art Trail is to teach visitors about the amazing history of the area and drive footfall back to the market and shops following the pandemic. I have every faith that the mural will spark conversation, showcase our unique culture, and inspire communities to come together.”

Lydia Yee, Chief Curator at Whitechapel Gallery, said: “As the artists’ gallery for everyone, Whitechapel Gallery is proud to support opportunities for artists to create new work, including beyond the Gallery’s walls. Jacob V Joyce’s mural, inspired by and embedded within local history, is a powerful new commission for East London that we all hope will be enjoyed by residents, workers and visitors for years to come.”

Posted on Tuesday 18th October 2022