At the end of 2014, two of our Community Repaint schemes were contestants in the People’s Millions phone in competition. For one of the schemes, winning the support of those who phoned in resulted in Community RePaint East London being rewarded with prize money of £49,300. This money will benefit the scheme, the people in their community and in turn, the whole Community RePaint Network. This is a big lift in funding available to kick start, jobs, project work, a vehicle and some equipment.

Colour The Capital will:

  • Be carried out in 3 London Boroughs, Hackney, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets
  • Brighten up nine run-down community spaces with eye-catching street art
  • Involve over 100 young people from deprived areas of London in 6 street art workshops
  • Save community groups £36,000
  • Save 6,000 litres of paint from going to landfill
  • Save 15 tonnes of CO2

Community RePaint East London will be working with artist Annu Kilpelainen to create beautiful murals in their area.

Annu’s Inspiration for the Project: London – “Street Engine”

London Taxi drivers get to hear some of the most ‘colourful’ stories from their fares. Annu has juxtaposed this relationship between stories heard and famous landmarks that a Cabbie gets to experience daily.

“Cabs might be black, but their stories are surely among the most colourful in the UK.”

About the Artist – Annu Kilpelinen

Annu is a Finnish born illustrator living and working in London. Since graduating from the London College of Communication in 2010, she has been working on a variety of projects, ranging from publications and exhibitions to textiles and 3D objects. Using materials from pens and acrylics to outdoor paints, Annu turns urban landscapes into abstract illustrations filled with vibrant colours and patterns. She sketches ideas with pen on paper. The artworks then take new shape in digital reproduction or hand painted onto large papers, wooden panels – or even real cars. Her work has featured in ‘It’s Nice That’ and ‘Booooooom’ (websites which champion creativity and community art). Her recent commissions include The Sunday Times, The Desktop Magazine Australia and Rosie Lees.

We look forward to seeing the results of Annu’s and Community RePaint East London’s collaboration – don’t worry we’ll let you see them too!

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