The local resident behind Woolwich themed Coolwich clothing range has turned his attention to an idea of creating a street art festival in Woolwich.
It sounds a great idea. I’ve stumbled on a few similar events and it’s always struck me as a great use of under-utilised and dull parts of town. Many have also been hugely successful at attracting visitors and revitalising areas at low cost.
Bristol held one annually for a number of years around vacated city centre buildings as well as adjacent student housing. People flocked in.
It was covered in both national and international press. The Telegraph have some great shots here.
I believe that the buildings featured in these photos have largely now been demolished and replaced but in the twilight of their lives they looked far better with various art works across facades rather than boarded up blocks.
Bristol now hosts Europe’s largest street art festival in the south of the city.
It wasn’t just about art but also lighting and other adornments to create interest in streets.
Woolwich has a number of slightly run-down areas and has London’s biggest artist studios in the whole country, though few know it. I took a trip there. It really is an incredible gem of a place full of wonderfully talented people, but so little cross over into Woolwich occurs.
Artists could lead the way if encouraged by authorities and landlowners either in the town centre of near the studio site around Woolwich Dockyard,
Plans for a Wool Yard market last year included an attempt to enliven areas off Powis Street, but unfortunately the market plans hit some problems.
Whether it could go ahead in Woolwich is another matter. It doesn’t have Business Improvement District status to help assist. It doesn’t even have a Town Centre manager anymore. Management is weak at best.
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