Harlesden school pupils put up a second mural in Willesden

Daniel Berende, (14) Akash Tamang, (14) Donald Alele, (15) Fabia Fernandes, (15) and Shamar Morris

Daniel Berende, (14) Akash Tamang, (14) Donald Alele, (15) Fabia Fernandes, (15) and Shamar Morris (14) at the installation of a second mural in Willesden. - Credit: Archant

Artwork has been created as part of a project costing taxpayers £14,400

The second of two eight-metre long murals was put up in Willesden by pupils from a secondary school in Harlesden.

Entitled ‘Heart of Willesden,’ the colourful mural took its place close to George Furness House in Grange Road with the help of Daniel Berende, Akash Tamang, Donald Alele, Fabia Fernandes and Shamar Morris, who all attend Newman Catholic College in Harlesden Road.

The murals, designed by local artists and school children, will direct people to the temporary council facilities available between Willesden Green Library Centre closing and the cultural centre opening next year.

Children from Donnington Primary School in Willesden, Newman Catholic College and Queens Park Secondary School in Queen’s Park, participated in workshops by Positive Arts to create the designs.

The ‘Heart of Willesden’ is intended to capture and communicate the community feel of the new building and the many activities set to take place in the cultural centre.

The first mural, entitled ‘The Joys of Reading,’ was put up outside the Lewinson Centre on Willesden High Road at the beginning of the month.

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The £14,400 Willesden Green Mural Project sparked anger from Willesden businesses who said taxpayer’s money should not have been spent on art during hard economic times.

They also believe the murals could encourage the return of graffiti to the area.