Celebrating 100 years of 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. Which includes a Performance for Edgware by Emma Smith and Care and Magic at Edgware Library by Ruth Beale.

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 Edgware Mural

Artist Holly Grahamhas 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 explore the climate emergency through the lens of access to clean air and green space – calling for greater awareness and action. The project has been developed through a participatory process that has, to date involved over 50 young people local to Edgware through a series of workshops led by Holly Graham.

During these workshops young people learned how to use creative wordplay and collage to create their own advertising posters that promoted a vision for a green future for Edgware. Sessions were held with F.U.S.E Youth group at Stonegrove Community Trust, Year 4 students at Edgware Primary School, and Year 10 students at Northgate School, as well as at a drop-in session for the public at Edgware Library.

An interim installation titled, Edgware is a site for… showcasing scaled up versions of campaign posters created by local young people during these workshops will go on display at 158 Station Road from November 2023. The posters represent a curated selection of over 57 posters that were created by young people during the workshop process.

Accompanying the installation is a digital display of images from the workshops which are displayed on the digital billboard located directly in front of the wall.

The interim poster installation is printed on environmentally friendly blue-black paper and pasted onto the wall. The wall will then be painted with a clear pollution absorbing topcoat.

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 |

Credit and copyright: Luke O’Donovan courtesy of LFA.