Mural artist, Jake Attewell, is asking residents to help him decide which of three possible designs he should paint on the wall in Short Blue Place, Barking, this spring. 

He has come up with three stunning suggestions and wants residents’ help to decide which celebrates Barking’s heritage best. 

“I’ve spent a lot of time researching Barking’s fascinating history,” says Jake, “and I would love it if local people would take a look at my designs and decide which they think captures that history most effectively.  

“I will paint the option that people prefer,” he adds, “so every vote will count”.    

Jake was commissioned by Be First, the Council’s regeneration organisation, to paint the mural after he won a competition to design artwork for the wall above McDonalds on the corner of Short Blue Place and East Street, Barking. The commission forms part of a National Lottery Heritage Fund programme of activities which also includes a heritage trail of mosaic installations by artist Tamara Fround. 

Votes can be registered here until 10pm on Tuesday 23rd March. You can also sign up to find out more about the heritage programme on the website Guest Book.