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Island artists to make their mark in London

Island artists to make their mark in London

Sunday 19 May 2019

Island artists to make their mark in London


Two Jersey artists are to spread some local colour across London in a project that will see them paint murals across the walls of buildings.

The artistic pair, who are yet to be chosen, will be creating their work in the Walthamstow area.

The opportunity comes as the result of an exchange between ArtHouse Jersey and artistic collective Wood Street Walls, which is sending two of its mural artists - Matt Dufour and Mark McClure - to run a series of workshops in Grainville and Le Rocquier as part of the Skipton School Mural Project.

Inspired by the students' designs, the pair will then come up with a new mural idea for each of the schools.

Video: Local artist Glen Fox with students at Plat Douet School.

They are just two of a total of 15 artists taking part in the project, which aims to inspire young people to engage with art by putting them in contact with renowned artists.

Glen Fox kicked off the project in March by visiting Plat Douet, much to the delight of Year 5 students.

ArtHouse Jersey approached the organisers of Wood Street Walls to also take part after seeing some of the socially-integrated mural projects the collective successfully delivered in the Walthamstow area.

Video: Matt at work on the staircase of Google Arts & Culture Paris Lab.

The East-London based organisation aims to bring more public art to East London for residents and visitors to enjoy through its projects.

Matt Dufour (pictured top) - known as ATMA - was born in Bordeaux, France, but lives and works in London. He has worked with renowned institutions such as the Lazarides Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Punch Drunk and in association with Google, Camel, HTC, Lufthansa and Dulux.

Meanwhile, Mark McClure has exhibited and been commissioned to create murals both in the UK and internationally. His work explores the themes of structure, public spaces and our interaction with the built environment through his bold geometric style.

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Pictured: One of Mark McClure's mural in Croydon.

Thomas Dingle, Director, ArtHouse Jersey said: “It was clear from the moment we approached Wood Street Walls about the project that we share a similar perspective on commissioning professional artists to create new works of public art. They work very closely with local people in Walthamstow, including children, the elderly and other specific groups, to engage them throughout the creative process.

"Their murals never feel imposed and are something that residents can feel proud of, while visitors get a very genuine impression of the character of the community.

"We are delighted to partner with Wood Street Walls to secure Matt and Mark’s participation in our project, as it’s a great opportunity for artistic exchange between Jersey and London."

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Pictured: Matt Dufour, who recently created a mural for Google, is one of 15 artists in total taking part in the project.

Aaron Walden, Commercial Manager at Skipton International, which is sponsoring the project, added:  “We are very proud to be sponsoring this project, the murals created by these artists will leave a lastly legacy on our island. Art is a great way to bring the community together, communicate a powerful message and to inspire the next generation to explore their creative talents. We are very excited to see the results of the project and how they are received by the schools.”

GALLERY: Take a peek at the Mural Project so far... 

(Photos courtesy of Holly Smith)

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