On Your Terms, seeks to create a language-based mural, developed through conversations with local people and using local narrative and language as a representation of Walthamstow’s community and character. My approach was developed through the award-winning Royal College of Art project Terms of Endearment, a wallmounted mural which was subsequently installed for a public exhibition at the Building Centre. Previously tailored to the voices and dialogue of the residents of Cambridge Road Estate in Kingston, I produced a large three-dimensional mural to embody and enshrine the resident’s experience during the site’s regeneration and transformation.
This method has been refined through professional experience of both running and creating consultation and engagement events for public bodies such as Adur and Worthing Council, and Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation. The framework for this process would include a series of street-based community interviews, and public drawing events taking place at the railway bridge site and other locations, including perhaps a market-stall on Walthamstow High Street, and at the Lee Valley Marina. The public activity would invite members of the public to fill-in a map of the area with a questionnaire centred around uncovering and recording oral histories of residents of Waltham Forest.
I am particularly interested in how local people imagine the history and present of their neighbourhoods, and build resilience in the face of largescale changes both in the built environment and societally. This would be used to create a Glossary of Waltham Forest, recording phrases and informal descriptions of the local area. This body of research is then interpreted and produced as an illustrated mural of references, characters and place.
Eleanor is a London-based designer who makes community-centred artworks and spaces. Whilst working broadly within architectural design her work aims to reveal and celebrate contemporary and historical experience of place. Informed by hyper-local research and engagement her work aims to enable people’s voices and promote local character.
Based in North London, Eleanor Hill graduated from the Royal College of Art and the University of Sheffield with multiple awards.