Creating new space for public art was one of three key improvements suggested by local residents and businesses last year in a consultation on how to spruce up West Green Road.
Artist Jennie Pedley has been the creative force behind the project, working with pupils of local schools to create four separate artworks throughout 2015. This project was funded by the Arts Council and Haringey Council.
Artwork One - Afro Comb Adventures
‘Afro Comb Adventures’ was inspired by the West Green Road’s manufacturing history and featured silhouettes of local children exploring the afro comb history.
Artist Jennie Pedley worked with pupils from nearby Seven Sisters Primary School to create the work, inspired by a groundbreaking exhibition at Bruce Castle Museum, which explored Haringey’s unique connection to the afro comb as home to Dyke and Dryden – the UK’s first distributor.
The firm, founded on Tottenham High Road in the 1960s, became Britain’s first Black-owned multi-million pound business and made and sold the combs at their West Green Road shop until the 1990s.
Artwork Two - Abundance
Abundance, celebrates the fresh produce available on West Green Road and features silhouettes of local school students picking the exotic fruits available.
Artists Jennie Pedley and Angela Baker held workshops with students from Park View School to create shadow theatre scenes and to help them find out more about the plants that grew the fruit they saw in their local shops.
Artwork Three – Tree of Signs
Tree of Signs, shows shadows of pupils at Blanche Nevile School for Deaf Children exploring the history of the school and its moves to Muswell Hill and Highgate since it opened near Tottenham Town Hall in 1895.
Blanche Nevile School headteacher Veronica Held said:
“Shadow theatre workshops worked brilliantly with the visual language of BSL. Our students really enjoyed acting out scenes about the history of our school and seeing how much of their language would work in silhouette.”
Artwork Four – Save Our Seas
The final artwork was created during dramatic sea themed workshops at the Tottenham Green Fair. Local families worked with artists; Jenny Pedley, Angela Baker, Giles Leaman and Amanda Wright to create 3D musical willow fish. They performed with the silhouette fish behind a backlit screen at Tottenham Town Hall.
FRAME Art Space
This project has now been taken over by FRAME Art Space working with Parkview School. Find out more on FRAME Art Space's twitter feed (external link).