Initiated and led by Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison, owner of the RISEgallery, the art is being commissioned in partnership with Croydon Business Improvement District (BID).
The works are the latest illustration of how the arts are evolving in Croydon and underline the town’s strong cultural credentials as it waits to hear the outcome of the borough’s bid to become London’s first Borough of Culture.
“It is truly rewarding to witness the level of interest that is now being shown by artists worldwide in coming to Croydon to paint here. The additional colour and vibrancy that these works bring to the town centre continue to set the borough apart and leave a lasting impression to all those who work, live and do business here.”
The first of these two works will be by Otto Schade, a Chilean artist and will be installed on Katharine Street from this week (Week commencing 19th February 2018).
A second art installation will follow in the coming weeks but is a closely guarded secret for now.
Matthew Sims, chief executive of Croydon BID said: “We are really keen to encourage people to think differently about Croydon and to experience something memorable and in some cases unexpected. Our partnership with the RISEgallery on this project delivers precisely that.”
The work is entitled ‘My hometown’. Artist Otto Schade says of it: “I love Croydon and I wanted to paint something personal that people in Croydon can connect with. This is why the reflection in her eye has the Croydon skyline.
“I hope the people of Croydon enjoy the work. I can’t wait to paint another piece here.”
There will be a chance to meet the artist in person on Thursday 1st of March from 7-8pm at RISEgallery. Spaces will be limited for this event so please do RSVP to come along via firstname.lastname@example.org.