|Artists pay tribute to local films|
A spectacular tribute to films made in the Portobello and Golborne areas of North Kensington is being launched this week opposite Ladbroke Grove station at Channel 142 video and film shop.
The shop's huge side wall faces the less than beautiful Westway flyover, but it is also a main thoroughfare from the station to Portobello and Golborne markets.
The idea to dedicate the wall to a celebration of the countless films made locally came from Golborne Councillor Emma Dent Coad, who says: 'The creative arts are very much part of our past history and current activity, so it seemed right to celebrate film on Channel 142's huge wall. I have wanted to do this for some time and was lucky to find a local collective working with Tommy Blaquiere, director of London West Bank Gallery in Westbourne Grove. All the artists live or work locally.
'The idea is to emphasise our history and what the area has to offer, and most particularly to boost the markets and local shops and businesses in the face of recession. The area is facing a slow erosion of its character and idiosyncracies through the advent of chain stores and unsympathetic development; we need to cling on to what makes this area so special.'
The project was funded by good-will, plus expenses from the Golborne Ward Initiative, a Council-funded scheme to support community projects.
Jem James Tercan aka Ordu
Deb Israel aka D.Lish
Louis Michel aka Masai
Linda Alasken aka Zina
Films portrayed to date: Notting Hill; Kidulthood;The Italian Job; Quadrophenia; 28 Days; and more to come.
Contacts: Cllr Emma Dent Coad 07773 792736
Tommy Blaquiere: 07875 744243