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Contest launched for Morden wall art

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Jan Kattein Architects and Merton Council have launched a competition for a £4,000 wall art installation in Morden, south west London

Open to all artists and designers and supported by the Architecture Foundation, the contest seeks proposals which enhance planned shop front improvements and reinforce the area’s unique identity.

Located around 13 kilometres southwest of London, Morden town centre was reconstructed in the Art Deco style during the 1930s following the arrival of the Northern Line’s southern terminus.

According to the brief: ‘The proposed artwork needs to respond to the distinct identity of Merton and the morphology of Morden Court Parade where it will feature.

‘We have identified a flank wall at no. 01 Morden Court Parade, besides the “Day 1” convenience store that would benefit from a top-class design intervention that celebrates the genius loci - and maybe introduces a subtle sense of humour.

‘The current facade treatment will be re-rendered to a smooth wood float finish and painted white with mineral paint, to provide a good base for the artwork.’

Morden Court Parade (pictured) is a three-storey Art Deco block featuring ground floor retail units with apartments above accessed by a rear raised walkway.

Nearby landmarks include A Green’s towering Merton Civic Centre, Charles Holden’s Merton Station and a parade of mock-Tudor buildings along London Road.

Proposals may incorporate graphics or text and are not required to use paint. Other planned improvements in the area include a lighting installation and a temporary events and exhibitions space.

The winner will receive a £1,000 honorarium and a further £1,000 to cover the costs of design development.

Judges will include studio founder Jan Kattein, Architecture Foundation director Ellis Woodman and representatives of Merton Council and Future Merton.

The deadline for registration is 18 July and submissions must be completed by 24 July.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

Alice Hardy
Jan Kattein Architects
277 New North Road
N1 7AA

Email: alice@jankattein.com

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