Restoration in the heart of London
The Fitzrovia Mural was painted in 1980 by London-based artists Simon Barber and Mick Jones. Commissioned by Camden Council and created in consultation with the local community, the mural covers the entire side of a building on Whitfield Gardens, set back from the busy thoroughfare of Tottenham Court Road. One of the largest pieces of outdoor art in London, it was voted as being among the capital’s top ten murals in 2006.
Despite being such a prominent feature of the local area, the mural has, over the years, fallen into disrepair. Thanks to pressure from the Fitzrovia community, London Borough of Camden has committed to restore the mural as part of the planned regeneration of the Tottenham Court Road area, leading up to the opening of Crossrail in 2018.
Ahead of the restoration, Fitzrovia Mural: Restoration in the heart of London aims to raise awareness of the mural within the community, linked to a series of fundraising initiatives. The project has been supported by the Fitzrovia Centre, a community centre based on Foley Street. Funds raised from the project will be used by the Centre to support a series of legacy projects focused on local art, culture and heritage.