The stage - shoreditch art wall


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The iconic Shoreditch Art Wall, which is being preserved by The Stage, as a space for local and international artists to collaborate with Hackney-based charities, has been unveiled by today by the Mayor of Hackney, Cllr Philip Glanville.  
The Shoreditch Art Wall is a large 60 sq m brick wall on the side of a Victorian-era building backing onto The Stage development on Great Eastern Street.  
Four local charities: Artskickers, Chicken Shed, Ministry of Stories and Ruff Sqwad Foundation have worked with four renowned artists street artists through Hackney-based organisation Global Street Art to craft unique designs representing themes and symbols of their work, Shoreditch and The Stage development. The designs were inspired by collaborative design workshops with each charity. 
The consortium behind The Stage has developed a yearlong programme which will be implemented on a quarterly basis ensuring the art wall is fresh and current.  
The Stage will feature more than 400 new homes, 33,000 sq ft of retail, including restaurants and cafes, and 200,000 sq ft of office space. The remains of the theatre are being preserved in situ and will be part of an international visitor centre. The development will also feature over an acre of vibrant public space including a performance area and a park. 
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, said: “The Shoreditch Art Wall allows us to capture a key part of Shoreditch’s history and I am delighted to see the art wall is being used creatively and for such a great cause. The Stage is a fantastic mixed-use scheme, which is helping to preserve the area’s Elizabethan and more recent heritage, whilst staying relevant to the vibrant Shoreditch of today.” 
Robert Allan, Principal at Cain International, commented: “We are committed to preserving the history of Shoreditch and the remains of Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre at The Stage. 
“The art wall will not only be a blank canvas for local charities but a powerful reminder of Shoreditch’s heritage, diversity and its flourishing arts scene.  The art wall will continue to be a must-see attraction for street art lovers, cultivating some of the best artists from the area.” 
Lee Bofkin, co-founder at Global Street Art, added: “This is an exciting new direction for the Shoreditch Art Wall and it’s great that its future as a mural art space is being guaranteed.” 



DATE: January 2017

CATEGORY: Commissioned Murals