Nourishing disruptions: new mural on London Met's Aldgate campus

The artwork on Pomell Way is part of the upcoming Petticoat Lane Art Trail.

Date: 19 October 2022

A new public artwork, chosen by the local community, has been unveiled on Pomell Way in Aldgate East.

A launch event on 11 October saw the local community come together to celebrate the unveiling of the new mural, which sits on the exterior wall of London Met's East End Campus, home to the School of Art, Architecture and Design.

Tower Hamlets Council partnered with Whitechapel Gallery, to invite local artists to submit design concepts that reflected the area's unique history.

Through a set of community consultations, Whitechapel Gallery shortlisted three local artists. Their designs were then shared with members of the public, who voted for their favourite.

Jacob V Joyce's work, titled 'Nourishing Disruptions',  was the winner of the vote. One voter noted that they felt Joyce's concept “represents the local area, champions youth and creativity and points positively to the future”.

Councillor Abu Talha Chowdhury, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Growth, said: “I'm delighted to see this striking piece of public artwork brighten our streets-scape. It's fantastic to see a local artist working with the community to create a mural that reflects Tower Hamlets, our culture, and our story.

“The aim of the Petticoat Lane Art Trail is to teach visitors about the amazing history of the area and drive footfall back to the market and shops following the pandemic. I have every faith that the mural will spark conversation, showcase our unique culture, and inspire communities to come together.”

Lydia Yee, Chief Curator at Whitechapel Gallery, said: “As the artists' gallery for everyone, Whitechapel Gallery is proud to support opportunities for artists to create new work, including beyond the Gallery's walls. Jacob V Joyce's mural, inspired by and embedded within local history, is a powerful new commission for East London that we all hope will be enjoyed by residents, workers and visitors for years to come.”

Alongside this mural, new artwork by Bob and Roberta Smith, titled 'Art Makes People Powerful', will be installed on the roof of London Met University's bridge, across Old Castle Street. 

mural of young girl drawing flowers