The London Overground roundels project was born out of a partnership between Artyface and Arriva Trains London. The idea flourished and has developed into many other projects, thanks to a Fellowship grant from London’s first Borough of Culture, Waltham Forest, partnered with Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust and more recently grants from L&Q Homes and St James Street Big Local.
Maud and the team worked with over 3,000 people in the community to make the roundels. There are currently 13 roundels up at 10 stations, mainly on the London Overground line in North East London, with the addition of one at Thornton Heath in South London for Govia Trains.
Despite all the difficulties of pubic workshops not being able to run in Spring 2020, Maud managed to adapt ways of working to maintain public involvement. More than 150 local households/almshouses/care homes have taken part in distanced tile making. Maud distributed takeaway boxes full of wet tiles so that participants have been able to press their own designs in guided by instructional Instagram videos. These tiles were then distance dropped back, then fired and glazed. The results are fantastic!
The below map shows the location of each station where Artyface has one or two roundel installed. So far there are roundels up at Chingford, Highams Park, Walthamstow Central, St. James Street, Leyton Midland Road, Leytonstone High Road, South Tottenham, Upper Holloway, Gospel Oak and Thornton Heath stations. Click on each roundel icon for more info.
Watch the following video showing work on the St. James Street station roundels by Maud and the Artyface team.
Some of the Artyface roundels are featured on the below video of an overground railway walk eastbound, from Leytonstone to Barking.