New mural by local artist takes shape outside New Malden Station
A mural celebrating New Malden has been created outside the town’s station with funding from Kingston Council.
The piece is by renowned street artist and mural painter Lionel Stanhope, who was brought up in New Malden. The mural was commissioned by New Malden Residents Association (NMRA), with funding from the council’s community grants scheme awarded by the New and Old Malden Neighbourhood Committee in June.
Natalie Walton of New Malden Residents Association said:
“In 2019 NMRA voted to adopt New Malden station and we are delighted that this mural is the first project we have undertaken, in partnership with South West Railway and Network Rail.”
Residents were invited to vote for one of four designs based on the iconic station signage the artist is known for, to enhance the approach to the train station and brighten up the high street.
Councillor Lesley Heap, Chair of the New and Old Malden Neighbourhood Committee said:
“New Malden is a unique place with a vibrant community and this wonderful mural is a fitting way to celebrate the pride we feel in our town.
“Making our town centres more attractive is a key part of our work to regenerate our borough and support the local economy. I’m really proud that we’ve been able to fund this mural through the council’s community grants programme.”
Lionel Stanhope is a street artist and mural painter who grew up in New Malden. He did his first railway mural back in 2013 in Herne Hill and has since produced many more across London, including local stations Tolworth, Worcester Park and Malden Manor.