Mile End project gives local artists chance to show off their work

Outdoor exhibitions and installations are to become a fixture in Eric Street, Mile End, after a new community art project was unveiled last week.

The scheme is aimed at providing a creative platform for people in the area, promoting local artists and triggering dialogue between members of the community.

The first installation, unveiled last Wednesday, is ‘CommunArty’, an Olympic-themed collage designed by local artists Jilad Miah and Zakirul Choudury working alongside graphic designer Rajul Islam.

“It’s great to know that my work is part of and the first piece to be used for this project”, said Mr Miah. “This will give other young people the chance to exhibit on their doorstep and will hopefully open doors for them in the future.”

The programme has been backed by East End Homes and members of the Mile End Community Project, which focuses on the potential of art and film to engage young people.

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Nurull Islam, the project’s co-director, said: “We hope with this project we are able to give local artists the opportunity to exhibit their work, as it’s not easy for them when they are starting up in the art industry.”

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