9 November 2017
SHW have commissioned a large mural for the side of Hanover House, Brighton to enhance the look and feel of the adjoining Brighthelm Gardens as well as replace unsightly tagging and unauthorised graffiti.
The painting - by artist Sarah Gillings – has a theme of wildflowers and honey bees, highly appropriate for the community-run butterfly gardens it will inhabit.
Three years ago Sarah Gillings was also commissioned to paint a mural on the alleyway connecting North Road and Gloucester Road in the centre of the city’s North Laine, a site previously covered with racist symbols, swearing and other offensive and inappropriate vandalism.
SHW have been at the forefront of tackling the issue of tagging and unauthorised graffiti in the city, a problem which seems to be spiralling out of control. The firm held a Day of Action in collaboration withB&H Council Cityclean and other interested parties to raise awareness of the expense and social blight caused by tagging. Furthermore, anti-graffiti paint was used to paint the mural.
Malgo Burkiewicz, Management Associate for SHW said: “This is a positive project which everyoneusing Queen’s Road and the surrounding area can appreciate. The building which we manage is now free from ugly tagging, and is instead adorned with a beautiful mural sending out an important ecological message.”
Sarah Gillings said of the project: “As a female street artist and inclusive arts practitioner, it’s important for me that the whole community benefits from my interventions. Therefore I invite local businesses, community groups and anyone who wants to make a change and learn new skills to be part of my projects.”