This Used to be Fields: the making of the Becontree Estate mural

Monday, 02 February 2015

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Following the launch of artist Chad McCail’s first ever mural last summer, we are delighted to present a new short film capturing the making of the artwork on the Becontree Estate.

Delivered as part of our This Used to be Fields project, the work presents a history of the Becontree Estate informed by McCail’s many conversations with local people.

Local filmmaker Jaha Browne was commissioned to capture the process, visiting McCail and the volunteers who helped make the work, throughout the research and painting phase of the project and collecting footage at the mural’s launch celebration in October 2014.

The film features interviewer Matt Benjamin, a local graduate with extensive knowledge on the Becontree Estate, and volunteer artist Biniam Ghide who, following his work on the project, is now artist-in-residence at Barking Learning Centre.

Watch the full film below:

The mural is available to view at Valence House Museum, Archives and Local Studies Centre. Admission is free and opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm (except public holidays).