Local artists set to transform South Fulham streets

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Image captionJohn Griffiths (left) from the Society of Fulham Artists and Potters shows Cllr Cen Coleman his paintings from the group’s day of painting in Parsons Green last year

Local artists have a unique opportunity to showcase their work and brighten up the streets of South Fulham.

The Society of Fulham Artists and Potters (SoFAP) and Hammersmith & Fulham Council want to beautify a 50-metre stretch of the hoardings along Tideway’s super sewer construction site in Carnwath Road by surrounding the building site with images of local paintings, drawings and sculptures.

SoFAP chairman Patricia Watson is urging artists to get involved in the project, which is open to anyone living or working in the borough.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to make this section of Carnwath Road attractive and offer wide exposure for local artists and their work,” she says. “All the artists’ details will be online at the Carnwath Road Community website so interested residents can look them up and get in touch.”

Cllr Ben Coleman, H&F Cabinet Member for Resident Satisfaction, said: “The borough is packed with artistic talent and I’m delighted we can showcase it in South Fulham with this virtual art gallery. It’s also important that Tideway does things for the local area, given the disruption caused by the super sewer.”

Image caption: SoFAP members after a day of painting in Parsons Green last year

The first round of entries is open until Friday 30 September. The artwork displayed will change every two years.

With the exception of portraiture, original artwork on all themes is eligible for submission. Artists are particularly encouraged to explore the river, wildlife, ecology and the local area.

The new SoFAP project is made possible by the Tideway Community Liaison Working Group. This is working with the council to ensure that Tideway, which is building the controversial Thames Water super sewer site in Carnwath Road, gives something back to the local community for the upheaval caused.

The council recently obtained a £2 million contribution from Tideway to rebuild the much-loved Sands End Community centre which was closed in 2011.

The Carnwath Road display will soon sit alongside a new mural on a different 50-metre stretch of the hoardings by Sulivan Primary School pupils.

Eight children from the school are being offered the chance to work with a local artist on the mural which aims to reflect the history of the river and local area.

How to enter

All entries must be submitted online by midday 30 September. Download an application form and instructions here.

Send your completed application forms, images or any questions to: carnwathhoardings@gmail.com.