Community Mural

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As part of the 40th anniversary events in 2017, we organised two artist-led community mural workshops to help develop a permanent public artwork to commemorate the events of 13 August 1977. 

People of all ages and abilities created forty vibrant collages and we established a community advisory group including local artists, representatives from Lewisham Council, and Goldsmiths historians and designers to collaboratively design a large-scale, permanent public artwork based on the public's designs. 

Inspired by 1970s zines and punk and reggae culture, the provisional design draws heavily on many of the iconic images taken on the day by some of the most prominent social documentary photographers of the time.

Funded by Lewisham Council and to be situated on Batavia Road, just off Clifton Rise in New Cross, the intention is for the public artwork to be unveiled on the anniversary of the Battle of Lewisham in August 2019.

In July 2018 we presented our initial design (Below) to the public at Lewisham People's Day and gathered feedback that will inform a revised version. If you would like to share your views on that design or any aspect of our plans, please contact Will Cenci, Public Engagement Manager (w.cenci@gold.ac.uk). A wider public consultation on the revised design will take place in October 2018. 

The provisional mural design showcased for feedback at Lewisham People's Day 2018.
The provisional mural design showcased for feedback at Lewisham People's Day 2018.