Pride in Bruce Grove is a project to enliven public spaces in the town centre with artistic installations that reflect and celebrate Bruce Grove and its communities.
We have been working with local community groups, businesses and residents to help select sites and design each installation.
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the designs at our recent drop-in session and online consultation. We will provide an update on how we have responded to the feedback received and the next opportunities to get involved on this page in due course.
Read on for information about the project, progress to date and upcoming opportunities to get involved.
Pride in Bruce Grove is part of a broader programme by Haringey Council to celebrate the identity of Bruce Grove and improve it as a place to live, work, shop and visit – making it greener and safer, and providing opportunities and support for local communities and businesses.
Pride in Bruce Grove aims to:
- Activate underused public spaces in the alleyways that branch off the High Road, to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to stop and play
- Enhance the pedestrian experience, for example providing artworks for crossings which help to calm traffic or murals that reflect the creativity, diversity and identity of Bruce Grove
- Install creative signposting that helps people find their way around the area and raises awareness of local cultural assets
- Improve environmental quality, through creative interventions that may improve air quality, add greenery or raise awareness of environmental issues around Bruce Grove Town Centre
Haringey Council has appointed designers Office S&M, to work with the local community, makers and artists to design and deliver between three and four artistic installations in Bruce Grove Town Centre. We want to build upon local skills and resources in a way that ensures investment is retained within the local area as well as celebrating the diversity and richness of the Bruce Grove community.
We are looking to complete all the installations in spring 2022.
Nine potential sites in Bruce Grove were identified for artistic installations. In May-June 2021, we invited community members to vote via an online survey for the sites they would like to see developed and start to shape the designs. We also held a travelling workshop where we visited sites in Bruce Grove and spoke to members of the local community to gather their views.
We asked members of the community if they would like to be part of a working group to help design the installations. We held three workshops with the working groups in August - September 2021 to develop the designs for the installations.
We were delighted to receive 299 responses to our survey, collected both online and in person through the Travelling Workshop. We really appreciate your feedback and input into developing the designs to celebrate the identity of Bruce Grove and improve it as a place to live, work, shop and visit.
Below is a summary of the survey feedback on Bruce Grove’s identity and themes that the local community would most like to see celebrated through the artistic installations.
What three words would you use to describe the identity of Bruce Grove?
You can download an accessible version of Bruce Grove in words here (PDF, 65KB).
What theme do you think the Pride in Bruce Grove artistic installations should focus on?
- Art and creativity – 163 votes
- Diversity – 138 votes
- Nature, the environment and sustainability – 124 votes
- The history of Bruce Grove – 115 votes
We are pleased to announce the top three sites as voted for in the surveys:
Wall below Bruce Grove Bridge
Feedback from the survey identified this as a key visible junction which presents the opportunity for a highly visible, impactful artistic installation that celebrates the identity of Bruce Grove.
We ran an online co-design workshop on Thursday 26 August which was attended by four members of the local community. In the workshop we used Miro, an online interactive board, to brainstorm the stories, places, people, events and history about Bruce Grove that the wall mural should celebrate.
Alleyway in Scotland Green
Feedback from the surveys suggested that the artistic installations should increase the visibility of the site and create a sense of community and place. The alleyway is also an important link between the High Road and the nearby green spaces of Hartington Park and the Lea Valley.
We ran a remote co-design workshop on Wednesday 18 August with six members of the local community to develop the designs for the site. In the workshop we used Miro, an online collaborative tool, which enabled participants to feedback on the types of artistic installations and street furniture they consider most important to the alleyway by Scotland Green. We also explored the different themes relating to Bruce Grove that the installations could celebrate.
Bruce Grove Bridge Crossing
Feedback from the survey identified that the crossing is located at a key junction . The floor mural presents the opportunity to make the crossing more visible and could help to make traffic more aware of pedestrians at this busy junction.
We ran a workshop with nine young people from Bruce Grove Youth Space on Thursday 16 September to develop the designs for the road crossings. The young people selected photographs from around Bruce Grove, and used the shapes and patterns from the local area to create a collage pattern.
If you missed the survey or workshops, there are still ways to have your say on the artistic installations.
Following the design workshops with members of the local community, we are now working to develop designs for the sites.
For updates on the project and to be informed about future opportunities to get involved, you can:
Emailing Office S&M at email@example.com to join the project mailing list
Like our facebook page: facebook.com/prideinbrucegrove
Following our Instagram page:instagram.com/prideinbrucegrove