Greenwich Mural Workshop

There’s good – and not-so-good news about Greenwich Mural Workshop, which has been brightening our street corners for the past three decades.

They’ve had, like so many arts organisations in the run-up to the Olympics, an especially tough time this year, with their funding going up and down like crazy and vandalism to some of their work.

It’s all ended in their changing premises as from 1st January 2009, leaving the workshops they’ve inhabited for 25 years. They’ll just have an office from now on, and just hire studio space when they really need it – a better result than closing altogether, but hardly ideal for artists who never know when inspiration might strike…

But good stuff has also happened. Not least the fabulous Rathmore Benches in Charlton, created in the 1980s and on the at-risk register for years. They finally got enough funding to be able to repair them back in September, something that has gladdened my heart. Sadly they didn’t have enough cash to complete the job – all they’ve really been able to do is stablise them and prevent further erosion – but hey – it’s a start.

And, the reason I’m writing about them today, a free exhibition to mark the end of an era at their premises in Woolwich. It is a retrospective of their work to be held for one week only and starting today.

It will include a display of posters, banners, mosaic and painted murals, carnival, playground structures, parks and gardens created since their birth in 1975.
Visit them between 1pm and 6pm daily, from 15th to 20th December 2008 at:
MACBEAN CENTRE,

MACBEAN STREET, WOOLWICH, LONDON SE18 6LW

Long may they continue…

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