Plan to showcase Shepherd’s Bush shop shutters

Shop shutters, though a huge benefit to members of the business community in the UK and throughout the world, are rarely thought of as art.

However, an amateur photographer and artist from Shepherd’s Bush is looking at changing that.

City of London worker Mark Clack, 31, is launching a project to transform security shutters along a busy road in his home area with street art.

While mindless graffiti is the bane of many shopkeepers and business owners, street art has come of age over recent years. It is through the use of a professional street artist that Clack hopes to inject colour and creativity in a busy stretch of road in his home area.

Over the years, he has been inspired by a number of street art projects in London’s trendy Brick Lane and Shoreditch areas, as well as cities such as Miami, Paris and Stockholm.

However, Clack knows that the local community making up Askew Road could take some convincing. He said:

“I imagine there will be some residents and shop owners who would be put off by the idea.

“I hope a lot of people get behind the scheme and come forward with their own ideas on the art and what can go on the shutters and we can really increase the profile of this great part of London.”

The project has received initial support from the Askew Business Network. Getting renowned street artist Ben Eine involved, along with possible backing from Oxfam, is also expected to promote interest.

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