Join this walk around South Acton to see what art there is in South Acton streets and also to learn about the history of those streets and the community
The group will meet at 1 pm at Acton Town Underground Station, one of the seven stations that have the word Acton in its name! The Art Deco station is across the road from The London Transport Museum Depot which you can visit on special days!
After a good look around, the group will walk down Bollo Lane trying to imagine what the area looked like when the Bollo Brook was not buried underneath. You will look at houses old and new to see how South Acton Estate with the still standing Jerome Tower is turning into Acton Gardens.
You will hear about the important street art pieces that are no more and the community involvement in creating them. Many have heard of the Big Mother by the artist called STIK. It was once the tallest mural and it could be seen from the trains between Central London and Heathrow or Ealing. The new community centre has replaced a good few interesting street art pieces, and Acton’s oldest mural depicting an oak tree by an artist who lived on the estate is no more.
You will look to see what is replacing one of the oldest Working Men’s Clubs in the country which was knocked down last year. We will explore the area with more recent street art pieces and then rest in South Acton Park admiring a mosaic sofa by talented as well as socially and environmentally conscious artists. Soapsuds Island and a ‘church swap’ will get a mention at this stage.
Images above: the former ‘Big Mother’ mural by STIK; the Mosaic House
From there we will go towards South Acton station to admire the Oak Tree mosaic by a local artist, Carrie Reichardt, whose works could be seen at the Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum a few years ago. The Treatment Rooms Collective (a group of like-minded artists and craftspeople) supported Carrie in producing the large mosaic. The oak tree is a reference to the area’s name- meaning farmstead amongst the oaks.
Going over the railway line will give you another perspective. You will be able to look at the allotments, the urban layout and see the Chiswick Business Park in the distance. Then, going along the streets lined up with Victorian terraced houses, you will get to another mosaic wonder: a mosaic house! If you are in luck, the artist may be in and might come out to say hello. It’s happened before more than once!
They will then finish the walk. Chiswick Park Station is not far away or you can walk back to Acton Town or South Acton. There are also buses.
£10 per person but you may pay what you can afford.
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