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Herne Hill kids transform drab alleyway into colourful artwork

A former “grot spot” alleyway in Herne Hill has been transformed with a colourful mural created by local school children.

Over two-hundred St Jude’s Primary School pupils joined forces with artist Victor Szepessy, to give Brockwell Passage flavours of the local area.

The passage had until recently been a dumping ground for fly tippers, but now also has its own blue plaque, and a new bench.

At the unveiling of the ‘Brockwell Passage Picnic Spot’, the school’s headteacher, Alexandra New, said: “The children really enjoyed working on the artwork, it makes the passage really colourful, and it’s now a lovely place to walk through.

“It has been wonderful for the children to have taken part in this local community project which has improved such an important space for Herne Hill residents.”

The area’s mini makeover was led by the Herne Hill Forum, with its #CleanHerneHill movement, who arranged the collaboration between the kids and Victor.

Victor said: “The kids from St Jude’s Primary School created their own stencils and spent three days stencilling the passage way.

“This was their first experience of painting on a wall and we explored how brick absorbs paint, how to mix colours to create new ones, and how the space you cut away to make a stencil becomes the shape that appears on the wall.”

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