Newham Council want you to get involved in the shaping of Newham’s public places and are investing £1.5m to make it happen. The mission is to create 18 imaginative and original public art and public space projects across eight of its town centres. The projects will range from small to large artist inventions, public realm enhancements and youth-led murals.
Newham is a great place to live and we want to make it better – people are at the heart of everything we do.
– Rohksana Fiaz OBE, Mayor of Newham
In 2019, local communities were invited to Shape Newham Assemblies to determine the priorities and locations for projects in Beckton, East Ham, Forest Gate, Green Street, Little Ilford, Manor Park, Maryland and Plaistow. Groups of residents then formed Design Committees at the start of 2020, to work with the council, architects and local artists to develop project ideas further. The design proposals that have been developed through Shape Newham Assemblies and Design Committees can be viewed at the Design Exhibition.
Shape Newham has been designed to do 3 things:
- To get you talking to your neighbours. We want you to talk about any local issues, to share your ideas with one another, and to celebrate your local resources!
- To get you involved with the council’s decision making. We want to improve transparency with the council's decisions.
- To get you shaping places! You can do this by developing the projects with the artists and designers and making decisions around their projects.