Ramping up creativity with new community art installation
Actor Colin Salmon unveils a new community art installation created by his wife Fiona Hawthorne, just around the corner from where the couple first met when he was a busker playing trumpet on the street in Ladbroke Grove.
The unique and vibrant piece transforms what were grey walls, ramp and stairs into a celebration of the community and local history of North Kensington. This artwork has personal resonance for Fiona. Only a short walk from this installation, Fiona set up her first home with Colin Salmon (best known for his work in various James Bond films as well as Arrow, 24 and Paul Abbott’s ‘No Offence”) with Kensington Housing Trust which is now part of Catalyst.
Wornington Green is a key part of the eclectic community of North Kensington, contributing much to the unique heritage of London. The area is currently involved in an exciting regeneration programme and to celebrate this Catalyst decided to create a new commission and put art into a public space.
The artwork has been created with funding from the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Housing and Regeneration Fund along which has been match funded by Catalyst.
Following Fiona Hawthorne’s very successful “Aspects of Carnival” mural installation on Portobello Road, Catalyst were very pleased to commission Fiona to take on this new project. Fiona spent months engaging with people from the local area to find out their stories and what inspires them. Fiona gathered information by attending workshops, talking to people through Facebook and a special session with children at the local school.
Fiona Hawthorne said:
“It has been such a pleasure to meet local residents, to hear views on life now and stories of the past, and to mix photos old and new of an area I know and love. I wanted colour and texture to enhance life force, objects to help us consider the beauty of the rich tapestry that makes this community, and to spark a narrative. Children and their families have used this ramp for many years and I have made the art with children in mind – I wanted to create something that could help inspire stories, the imagination and possibilities. Art helps us look again at what we see every day and I am very pleased to have had the chance to have so much fun adapting a landscape and sharing my work in a public space.”
Sue Hannah, Area Manager Wornington Green:
‘Wornington Green is going through exciting changes and bringing more people into the neighbourhood. Fiona has done a great job at capturing the history and community feel of North Kensington and it’s a fantastic transformation of an area which residents told us was in need of a makeover.’