Artwork brings splash of colour to Ealing Road

Together with Artists in Residence, Alperton Community School and local residents, we have introduced a range of new colourful art installations along Ealing Road. 

The art trail, funded from development via the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL), celebrates the vibrant local community and the areas rich cultural heritage. 

Ealing Road, widely referred to as the Asian Jewel of the UK, is an iconic and much-loved location for our South Asian community. The new trail includes eye-catching peacock lighting and a mural of local social activist, Jayaben Desai. 

Jayaben worked at the nearby Grunwick film processing factory in the 1970s and along with her colleagues was often subjected to degrading treatment and poor work conditions. She eventually resigned and went on to become a prominent leader of the strikers in the Grunwick dispute in 1976. 

Jayaben showed fierce bravery in the face of adversity, championing workers’ rights and speaking out against racism and sexism. The strike sent an important message about immigrant workers’ place in society and their determination to stand up for their rights. 

Cllr Shama Tatler, Lead Member for Regeneration, Property & Planning at Brent Council said: 

“Regeneration is about supporting all of our residents and it’s fantastic to see Ealing Road come alive with colour, reflecting and celebrating the local South Asian community. It’s also brilliant that we are able to honour and celebrate Jayaben Desai, an inspirational Brent female icon. 

“The new art trail complements our ongoing campaign to tackle paan spitting in the area and will benefit both residents and businesses here.” 

Explore the trail: 

  • Jayaben Desai mural (Ganapathy Supermarket – 36-38 Ealing Road) 
  • Peacock lighting (by the Mosque and Stanley Road) 
  • Brent Indian Association  
  • Jabeens vibrant shop front designed by Mr Cenz (131A Ealing Road) 

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