Aspire funding helps top artist make Hackney estate her canvas

27 May 2022

Thanks to one of our Aspire Award grants, a top artist with a celebrity fanbase has created a vibrant new mural for her neighbours to enjoy.

Working with the community, Rose Hill led the project at our Stamford Hill estate, with residents helping to design and paint the mural.  

Rose’s unique pieces have been commissioned by such famous faces as Charles Saatchi, Robert Webb and Sadie Frost. And she has taught at renowned institutions including the V&A Museum and the British Library. 

A community project 

The project began with a full-day workshop with 25 residents from the estate and was held at a local primary school. People of all different ages learned about colour and patterns. They picked the colours by voting on which ones to use and it took three days to prepare the wall and eight days to paint. 

“People were walking past and saying, ‘I have to do my bit’,” said Rose. “It gave people an amazing sense of accomplishment and togetherness.  

“There were some people who had lived here on the estate for 45 years who I’d never met before. It created a buzz around the estate which was fantastic. 

We’re going to install a plaque saying the mural has been funded by a Guinness Partnership Aspire Award which I hope will encourage more people to apply for them. They’re amazing! 

Rose’s work is an amazing addition to the estate, brightening up the area and lifting the mood of passers-by. It’s what community art is all about and we’re delighted we could fund it to help bring people together to make it happen. 

Apply for your own Aspire Award 

If Rose has inspired you to create your own community project, or if you need funding help with your talent, career or degree, our Aspire Awards are now open until Friday 22 July. Find out more an apply on our Aspire Awards webpage.