Local voices become works of art in South Kilburn

The builders’ hoardings around the regeneration sites in South Kilburn have become home to an arts project aimed at involving the community in the building programme.

The art on the hoardings features the words of local people and is called collectively, “South Kilburn Speaks”. The works were produced by a collaboration between poets from the Poetry School who transformed the words of local residents into a number of poems which were re-interpreted into three striking designs by the artist Andy Edwards and can now be seen at Albert Road, Peel Precinct and the roundabout at Carlton Vale.

The text artwork on the temporary 10ft by 2ft hoardings was commissioned by Brent Council and the South Kilburn Neighbourhood Trust (SKNT) to mask the three sites while the major construction work to redevelop South Kilburn continues. It forms part of a wider art project that will also feature permanent works which will be incorporated into the long-term regeneration of the area.

The results are also featured on www.southkilburnspeaks.

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