Celebrating 100 years of Edgware

Edgware
Centenary Programme

Public art organisation, UP Projects are working closely with Barnet Council to curate a programme of artist-led activities to celebrate 100 years of Station Road in Edgware, North London. The programme, that consists of a series of events and a new public artwork, will take place throughout 2023, activating public spaces and places along Station Road and beyond. The programme is developed in close collaboration with a host of key partners and local stakeholders including Barnet Council, the London Festival of Architecture, the emerging Business Improvement District, Middlesex University, Ballymore, Transport for London as well as local Edgware-based community groups, businesses and youth centres. Read on to hear more about the events we have planned and the development of the new artwork on Edgware High Street.

The programme is developed in close collaboration with a host of key partners and local stakeholders including Barnet Council, the London Festival of Architecture, the emerging Business Improvement District, Middlesex University, Ballymore, Transport for London as well as local Edgware-based community groups, businesses and youth centres. Read on to hear more about the events we have planned and the development of the new artwork on Edgware High Street.

London Festival of Architecture

Local collective, Adrienne Lau, Daniella Levene, and Leila Taheri won the LFA competition ‘More Edgware, Less Anywhere’ with ‘Let’s Meet on the Edge’: a new public realm installation in Edgware that tests ideas for re-greening the town centre. Their interventions – Creating a Buzz at Edgware Station, Planting Life at Garden City, and Breaking Bread at Bakery Path – aim to excite, enliven, and remind us of our commonality with nature and each other.

Watch this space for more information about the Community Festival they have planned. The London Festival of Architecture is coming to the whole borough for the first time this year and there is lots going on in Edgware including talks planned in Edgware Library exploring architecture connected to the northern line. To find out more visit The London Festival of Architecture | 1 – 30 June 2022 |

Events Programme

Events celebrating Edgware’s past, present and potential futures will take place throughout 2023 involving artists in exploring how culture can activate the High Street and permeate the local context to contribute to social change.

The events programme is an opportunity to celebrate Edgware’s history and heritage and allow people to come together through artist-led activity. Our aim is also that they proactively contribute to what Edgware is today – the communities that live and work in the area, the organisations and groups that are already established such as the local library, Middlesex University and independently owned business along the high street.

In June during the London Festival of Architecture (LFA), a series of walking tours led by creative practitioners will critically explore the LFA’s theme of “In Common”. The walk leaders will look to inspire grassroots activity in Edgware by highlighting inspiring examples of guerrilla greening and community-led activism, whilst raising awareness of forgotten public plots, green spaces and lesser-known walking routes across the neighbourhood.

The centenary events programme will culminate with a community-led performance developed by artist, Emma Smith. The performance will be informed by a prolonged engagement period that will focus on working with community members to create a highly participatory performance project.

The Edgware Mural

Artist Holly Graham has been selected to develop a mural located at 158 Station Road, a prominent location on the high street which will be launched in late 2023. The mural will be developed via extensive community engagement with young people local to Edgware who will be exploring what we can do today to inform what Edgware becomes tomorrow. This will focus on raising awareness of the climate emergency to inspire action to inform Edgware’s collective future, while reflecting on its past. A mural working group consisting of representatives from TFL, Ballymore, Barnet Council, British BIDs and Stonegrove Community Trust has been assembled to support the ongoing development of the mural. The group will guide the process throughout offering guidance and advice on the artist selection, the ongoing engagement process and technical aspects relating to the production of the mural.

Holly Graham is a London-based artist whose work looks at ways in which memory and narrative shape collective histories.