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Shopping centre gets tunnel vision

New mural created with help from local schoolchildren helps add a splash of colour to underpass at Edmonton Green Shopping Centre

Pupils from Eldon Primary School with local artist Rose Hill, alongside the mural at Edmonton Green Shopping Centre (credit Toby Merritt)
Pupils from Eldon Primary School with local artist Rose Hill, alongside the mural at Edmonton Green Shopping Centre (credit Toby Merritt)

A previously gloomy tunnel at Edmonton Green Shopping Centre has been transformed with the help of local schoolchildren.

The shopping centre collaborated with local mural artist Rose Hill, from Co-Creative Connection (CCC), to liven up the tunnel underneath Grampian House.

CCC empowers community groups to develop, co-design, and paint their own murals, bringing people together through creative workshops. Ten students from Eldon Primary School attended creative workshops with Rose to help paint the mural. 

Rose said: “It was such a joy to work with Eldon Primary School and help them co-design a mural they are really proud of!

“This project really makes a difference to so many people. The students that participate in our mindful and creative workshops learn about colour, pattern, collaboration and co-design the mural together. Forming special bonds, creating a real sense of achievement and lasting legacy that they can show off to their family, friends and the wider community.

“Passers-by were invested in watching the process of the mural being hand-painted and feel like they were part of the process and love that we are making their homes and space vibrant, welcoming and cheerful!”

Wendy Baverstock, a teacher and art lead at Eldon Primary School, said: “We are incredibly proud of this project and our participants. This mural has given some of our children a unique opportunity to create permanent artwork, which is now brightening up Edmonton Green. Our brilliant children have gained so many new skills and a confidence boost which I know they will use to help them succeed in whatever path they choose in the future”. 

Joe Katona, Edmonton Green Shopping Centre’s manager, added: “The community is at the heart of everything we do at Edmonton Green. It was fantastic to see the children and CCC collaborating to create a mural for the centre. The mural is vibrant, eye-catching and brings life to a previously overlooked area. The children, tenants and visitors of Edmonton Green will be able to enjoy their hard work year round.” 

This project was supported by Enfield Council through funding from the Meridian Water Community Chest together with Edmonton Green Shopping Centre.