National Grid and All Change work together on unique community art project at National Grid construction site

National Grid and All Change work together on unique community art project at  National Grid construction site

Energy themed poetry and designs for construction site hoardings were created in collaboration with local people and professional artists

Site will be connected to National Grid’s London Power Tunnels project

The creative arts and science have come together in a unique collaboration between energy company National Grid and Islington based charity All Change.

A community hoardings project has been officially launched by the two organisations which have created poetry and artistic designs to decorate construction site hoardings at National Grid’s Highbury substation site on Seven Sisters Road, Islington.

Working with professional local artists, All Change has delivered 12 creative workshops with community groups based near to National Grid’s construction site, including Montem Primary School, Arsenal in the Community Double Club (homework project), Inspire! (a group for young mums), Wordsday (teenage music group), Islington Turkish, Cypriot and Kurdish Women’s Welfare Group and the Alsen Day Centre (older people), which have inspired the final energy themed hoarding designs.

The project has also supported young local resident, Alistair Kalama, who has been employed as a trainee support worker for the duration of the project, assisting with the outreach and supporting the community workshops.

National Grid plays a vital role in connecting people to their energy supplies and the new substation it’s building on Seven Sisters Road will play a vital role in meeting the increasing electricity demands of Londoners

The substation will be connected to the £1billion London Power Tunnels project, which involves the construction of a 32km electricity superhighway deep below London’s busy streets. Due to be complete and operational in 2018, the tunnel will transport power supplies across the capital.

Speaking at the launch event Dave Luetchford, Head of Cable Tunnels for National Grid said:

“It’s our job to connect people to the energy they use and this is what we’re doing projects like London Power Tunnels and the new Highbury substation.

“However, it’s also very important to us to connect on a personal level with the communities where we work. That’s why this partnership project with All Change has been so worthwhile and we hope that local residents enjoy viewing the hoarding art for many years to come.”

“This project has provided local people of all ages with the chance to learn more about and get excited about the work National Grid are doing in their local area, and to see the work they have created displayed in spectacular fashion on the hoardings. The participants who have attended the launch today have been really impressed and proud of what they’ve achieved – and can’t wait for their family and friends to see the hoardings.’ Suzanne Lee, Artistic Director – All Change.

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