Mural celebrates diversity and the public’s gratitude to NHS workers

Artwork in East London highlights ‘a shared joy in creativity and community’

Artwork in East London highlights ‘a shared joy in creativity and community’

The mural on the front of the Rich Mix building in East London

A giant mural celebrating the diversity of NHS nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers will be unveiled in London on 22 October.

The four-storey-high mural, titled ‘200 Nationalities, One NHS’, covers the louvres on the front of the Rich Mix building, an arts and community hub in East London, and highlights the local community’s gratitude to the health service.

Mural features art from people around the UK

The artwork celebrates the diversity of front-line workers and features a portrait of a young Londoner, an NHS healthcare worker, and drawings and paintings of flowers crowdsourced from around the UK.

The mural was co-created by social justice project Paint the Change, in partnership with young people in pre-lockdown workshops and via digital sessions.

The artwork represents ‘the best of all of us’

CEO of Rich Mix Judith Kilvington said the mural had been created ‘at a time when we need it the most’.

‘An incredible array of flowers has been submitted, many accompanied by moving notes about how the NHS and front-line workers have helped so many families and individuals get through this pandemic,’ she continued.

‘This public artwork celebrates a shared joy in creativity and community, representing the best of all of us, despite such difficult circumstances.’

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