New public artwork for Tottenham Hale

January 2024


Made By Tottenham



Made by Tottenham, together with Workman LLP (Tottenham Hale Retail Park), has commissioned local artists to create an artwork for a large hoarding space in Tottenham Hale. A different artwork will be installed every three months for the next year.

The first artwork, unveiled at the end of 2023, is by painter Kate Trafeli. The next artworks will be by Xavier Segers, Keiron Rennie & Hello Morning, and Rachel Thomson (R.T.).

The new public art commission aims to:

  • Bring an old hoarding space back into use and improve the public realm.
  • Use this hoarding space to showcase art instead of advertising.
  • Create a new paid commission opportunity for local artists.
  • Offer local artists space to show their work in a very visible, high-footfall location.
  • Brighten-up the area for the enjoyment of residents and commuters.

Kate Trafeli, who created the first artwork, wrote about her piece:

“This work is a semi-abstract and symbolic mural montage depicting Tottenham Hale over many years. It includes the interlacing of the waterways, marshes and animals in the area who have co-existed with humans over many centuries. From pre-Norman times Tottenham Hale and the River Lea has been utilised and lived in by an evolving ecosystem that is part of the greater London area. The foxes in the mural are symbolic of this co-existence as they have always been a part of the urban streets of the area, and have adapted to the now heavily urban nature of Tottenham Hale.

"This area has gone through enormous change over many centuries, including difficult social and economic upheaval and now, regeneration. This mural explores that layering of lives and shapes over many centuries and cultures in a colourful, life-affirming manner. The mural aims to make the walk or journey along this part of Ferry Lane more welcoming and hopeful to residents and visitors to Tottenham Hale. The many and rich cultures of Tottenham Hale are symbolised by the huge array of colour, shape and movement in this mural.”