Photo credit: Event day, Friends of Islip Manor Park

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Alaa Alsaraji

Alaa designed the Visions for Northolt branding and illustrations. She also facilitated Visions for Northolt workshops and pop-up events. She is now helping to deliver the High Street Signage competition, working with young people across the area.

Alaa is a visual artist, designer and creative facilitator, originally based on the Racecourse Estate in Northolt. Her creative practice is centred around the themes of belonging and re-imagined space and community. She is the arts editor of Khidr Collective and has received the SPACE Artist Award. She has been selected as the Artist in Residence for the Museum of the Home and P21’s reAct programme. She is also an Artist Mentor for Awan x Iraq’s creative exchange programme. She has worked with various organisations to deliver collaborative projects with young people and community groups, in collaboration with Museum of London, Museum of the Home, and various London councils.

Errol Donald

Errol is working on the Visions for Northolt Art Stops project to bring arts and culture to public spaces across the area.

Errol Donald is a London-based artist, consultant, and therapeutic wellbeing practitioner. He is also the founder of Mindspray, a creative platform that exists to preserve, celebrate, and showcase cultural narratives. Acknowledged as a pioneer and central figure within the development of British graffiti art, he speaks regularly on its impact on youth culture, and draws upon first hand experiences when speaking to the intersections with culture, learning and the politics of identity. As a former Northolt resident, Errol sees the creative arts as the spark to inspire both young and more experienced minds to engage in all aspects of creative learning, vocational training, and entrepreneurship.

Friends of Islip Manor Park

Friends of Islip Manor Park delivered a Visions for Northolt pop-up event in the park in Summer 2021, contributing to the community-led vision which was published in late 2021.

We organise litter picks, vegan picnics, and informal meetings in the park. We are concerned about the well-being of all and believe that respect for each other, nature and all life are at the heart of a happy and thriving community. We would be happy also to host music and art events in the park.

Our aims are to create a thriving, happy, healthy, compassionate and sustainable community; promote a plant-based lifestyle for all; and to create a central meeting hub in Islip Manor Park.

Jane Ruhland

Jane is working on the Visions for Northolt Art Stops project to bring arts and culture to public spaces across the area.

I have lived in Northolt for the past 20 years. I studied Landscape Architecture at Leeds Metropolitan University. As a community landscape assistant, I created a nature study centre for schools in Oldham which was opened by the late Princess Diana. My recent artwork includes "365 Days Wildlife, Northolt Off-Road", a collection of daily photographs taken in 2019 of wildflowers, animal, and insect life I encountered in outdoor spaces including Northala Fields, Islip Manor Park, Islip Manor Meadows, and Lime Tree Park. One of these photographs of Northala Fields was exhibited in Walpole Park, Ealing. In 2017 I painted "Once a Month," a collection of watercolour images of open spaces within walking distance of my home.  I am using this material as the basis for my proposals for Visions for Northolt.

Lazfar - Levi Richards

Levi is working on the Visions for Northolt Art Stops project to bring arts and culture to public spaces across the area.

My name is Levi, but I also go by my artist name, Lazfar. I am an up-and-coming artist and illustrator from Northolt and I've lived here my whole life. I am mainly self-taught, but I also have a National Diploma in Art and Design. I mainly create artwork in my signature style, which I would describe as cartoon like but with a slightly underground or edgy twist to it. Subjects in my artwork can vary, but these are often based on fantasy and feature animals or other creatures. I'm most fluent in making traditional pieces and my usual media of choice is either ink, watercolours, or coloured pencils.

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Samira Mian

Samira is working on the Visions for Northolt Art Stops project to bring arts and culture to public spaces across the area.

Samira Mian is a local artist and educator specialising indrawing and painting Islamic Geometric Patterns. She uses her background in Mathematics and Education to share her knowledge and artistic passion. Breathing new life into the centuries-old technique of straight edge and compasses geometry to recreate geometric patterns from the Islamic Lands. Her biggest motivation is to share this intellectual and beautiful heritage, and the immensely satisfying processes they involve, so that we can know and enjoy this beautiful intersection of culture, history, religion, geography, art, design and mathematics. For the last 7 years, she has regularly led workshops around the UK and abroad as well as reaching many people online through her live and recorded classes and talks, social media and YouTube channel, much of which is produced from her small garden Studio in Northolt. 

Urban Edible Gardens CIC and Building Bridges Workshops

Urban Edible Gardens and Building Bridges have hosted multiple Visions for Northolt events.

Urban Edible Gardens turns empty spaces into growing spaces for local residents teaching people gardening, healthy eating, Horticulture and DIY skills.

We are Northolt residents and wanted to engage with local residents and schools around environmental issues, looking after wildlife, growing food, healthy eating and living a healthier lifestyle.

We have set up three growing spaces in Northolt based in Northolt Library, Medlar Farm Estate and Radcliffe Estate. We deliver healthy eating and cooking clubs in Northolt teaching people how to cook nutritious tasty vegetarian meals that are quick and easy using left-over or seasonal produce using less energy with smart cooking.

Our Vision for Northolt is to develop a Well Being Farm for locally grown produce, eggs, honey, environmental and gardening workshops,  with a training kitchen for a Cooking School for families and young people. A space with trained horticulturist, gardeners, chefs, nutritional therapist, personal trainers to deliver a holistic service, making Northolt a Greener, Cleaner and Healthier place to live. We can’t wait to grow and cook with you!

Around Ealing - Growing, cooking and going green
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