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Celebrating our future, history and heritage

Be First is working with Studio 3 Arts, artists, schools, the local community and our contractors on a series of artworks that will be displayed on hoardings of development sites across the borough, to celebrate the history, heritage and the future of the area. This series will grow as our projects do, and we will be sharing them on this website.

Celebrating our future, history and heritage

Be First is working with Studio 3 Arts, artists, schools, the local community and our contractors on a series of artworks that will be displayed on hoardings of development sites across the borough, to celebrate the history, heritage and the future of the area. This series will grow as our projects do, and we will be sharing them on this website.

  • Woodward Road

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    Artwork with a powerful message adorns hoardings surrounding an affordable development in Becontree thanks to local young people.

    The message, "Bricks make houses – People make homes" – is emblazoned across a stretch of hoardings at the new Woodward Road development.

    The artwork was designed and made by young people from Barking and Dagenham’s Youth Forum with help from local artists Ben Martin and Griffi alongside Studio 3 Arts.

    The artwork was part of a wider project involving Be First, Studio 3 Arts, schools, groups and artists who are working on a series of artworks that will be displayed on hoardings of development sites across the borough which celebrate the history, heritage and the future of the area.

    The group of young people collaborated with local artists Ben Martin and Griffi alongside Studio 3 Arts over a series of workshops to create a design that is reflective of their hopes and ambitions.

    They explored statements, symbols, and emblems before deciding on this bold statement, which celebrates their local area on the centenary of the boroughs Becontree estate, and is reflective of the importance of home.

    "Bricks make houses, people make homes."

  • Art in the Heart of Gascoigne

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    Be First is working with artists, schools and our contractors on a series of artworks that will be displayed on hoardings of development sites across the borough, to celebrate the history, heritage and the future of the area.

    'Your Place' competition

    These artworks by students at Gascoigne Primary School were all winners of the competition ‘Gascoigne Your Place’ run in 2020 during the first lockdown. We asked the school’s students to create a piece of art or write some words about their neighbourhood.

    For the Early Years category, we asked entrants to draw or paint a picture of a place that they liked in their neighbourhood on their way to school.

    For Key Stage 1, entrants had to draw a map of their journey to school highlighting interesting new buildings, places, streets, trees, playgrounds.

    For Key Stage 2, entrants were asked to make a drawing and write a few sentences describing how their neighbourhood is changing due to the current construction and how they would like it to improve.

    Winners and Artworks

    Early years winners

    My local area by Abdulrahmaan Mohammed, aged 5

    'I drew a map of my house, my GP surgery, the park and my school'








    Barking Town hall by Rithvi Vaddepally, aged 5

    Rithvi celebrates many community festivals and events at Barking Town Hall, it is also on the way to school.





    KS1 Winners

    My school journey by Jevon Dai, aged 6

    'On a typical school day I always walk past Greatfield park, one of my favourite places with my mum and sister, I like to play seesaw and swings with my sister. I think the huge slide is the coolest thing in the park. During spring, I see lots of pink cherry bloom trees and little flowers on my way to school. I am always excited to see these beautiful flowers.'





    Barking Boathouse by Liyana Hossain, aged 6

    This is where Liyana goes with her Dad for an evening walk. She has drawn the river Roding and the Boathouse. Liyana loves the building, the boats and the river.





    Way to school by Pranav V Menon, aged 6

    This is a map of his journey to school. Pranav marks out his journey on his map and includes key locations including Barking Town hall, Abbey park, the Abbey centre and the river Roding.






    KS2 Winners

    How I see my Barking! by Muhammad Qasim, aged 8

    Muhammad has created a detailed map with drawings and text to describe how he sees his hometown. He writes the following; ‘I want better quality and affordable houses. More schools with more teachers. I am proud of the NHS during covid-19, it needs more nurses and doctors. Everyone should have the freedom to follow their religion. More gardens for children to play. More shops with healthy food. People should be encouraged to use public transport.’




    My journey to school by Jenny Dai, aged 8

    This is a detailed display of Jenny’s journey to school and key, important locations on her way, these are Barking town hall and the Broadway theatre, Barking library, Greatfields park, Abbey Leisure Centre. Jenny has written a detailed piece of writing about the improvements she would like to see on Gascoigne.

  • Gascoigne and Greatfields School

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    Be First has been working in collaboration with contractor Willmott Dixon and Studio 3 Arts to install a series of artworks. To be shown on the site’s hoardings in three different places, the designs will be the first in a series of artworks on construction sites across the borough to celebrate the history, heritage and the future of the area.

    These artworks by artist Elaine Tribley is the culmination of a project with Greatfields School. Elaine worked with students from the school who responded to her brief ‘The Estate of Gascoyne’ in March 2021. The students created a series of different artworks that included 21st century self-portraits in the style of local dignitaries such as Sir Crisp Gascoyne and Mrs Margaret Bamber and drawings of the rich and interesting heritage of the area.

    ‘This is our home’. This design has been developed by extracting elements of students’ drawings, creating clusters of buildings, fish and leaves. Each element is a response to the rich heritage and natural resources within the Gascoigne neighbourhood and the town of Barking. From buildings of historical interest to the vast variety of trees and the fishing histories that framed the town's origins.

    We Are Greatfields School’, students’ self-portraits have been extracted and placed on a ‘wallpaper’ pattern background created by using leaves drawn by the students. The artwork has been spaced out like a grand hall of framed portraits found in homes such as the Gascoyne Manor House which once stood on the Gascoigne neighbourhood.

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