My Alice Billings House Portrait Project “The One I Admire”

Winning Submissions

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My Son Ethan

by Abisola Badru

My Brother

by Alia Jammeh

Sonia Boyce

by Jason Franks

My Mother

by Jinane Bahay 

Self Portrait

by Bilkis Penam

My Best Friend

by Sasha Malnac

Amina

by Kim Hoang

My Father

by Noor Farooq

Hajia

by Sylvie Belbouab

My Mother

by Bushra Dinbil

We are proud to release the first ten winning portraits of the My Alice Billings House Portrait Project Competition “The One I Admire”.

We recently invited all local residents to paint, draw or take photos of individuals they admire, those who have made the world a better place. This might be anyone from nurses, doctors, firefighters, teachers, social workers, friends, and any other role models.

We’ve received a fantastic array of entries and are excited to announce the first selection of images that will be put on display. Of the portraits submitted ten will be chosen to be printed on fliers and large posters and installed in the areas along the High Street and surrounding Alice Billings House. 

The My Alice Billings House Portrait Project celebrates the local heroes, diversity and creativity of Newham. The project marks the activation of Alice Billings House as a new complex of studios and public-facing events space, how art and culture will work to engage and give voice to local communities while creating a sense of interest, intrigue, engagement, and excitement that animates Stratford High Street.

This public artwork project by Paint the Change has been commissioned by Creative Land Trust, as part of their award from the Mayor of London’s High Streets for All Challenge.

Submit a portrait

Over the next two years, a total of forty portraits will be selected and put on display in Stratford Town Centre. To submit a portrait contact Paint the Change.

We welcome all residents to paint, draw or take a photo of individuals they admire, those who have made the world a better place. They can be anyone from nurses, doctors, firefighters, teachers, social workers, and artists to mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts and friends, and any other role models in the community. Send a scan of a painting, drawing, or a photograph of that person’s portrait and a paragraph explaining why you feel the individual must be celebrated.

Alice Billings House

Alice Billings House, the Grade II-listed building part of the former fire station in Stratford will reopen its doors in 2023 as a studio and events complex. The building belongs to the community. We want to celebrate this new creative space by celebrating you!

In the run-up to the activation of Alice Billings House as a new complex of studios and public facing events space, this project will use art and culture to engage and give voice to local communities while creating a sense of interest, intrigue, engagement, and excitement that animates Stratford High Street.

Alice Billings House

Paint the Change

Founded in 2015, Paint the Change has collaborated with many schools and stakeholders on public art projects for East London. It typically merges themes of social justice with street art, guiding participants through the creation of murals on climate change at Bow School, on ‘positive transformation’ at The Boxing Academy in Hackney, and on the NHS and local history at Rich Mix.

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