New Art Commission for Acton

Work reflecting an element of optimism

A striking new commission by artist Mohammad Sheibani will be unveiled at 3.30pm on Friday 20 February at the entrance to the Oaks Shopping Centre car park, Churchfield Road, Acton W3.

The 25m long, mirrored steel screen was commissioned to hide unsightly waste bins at the rear of the car park and has transformed this end of Churchfield Road. The open space in front of the screen will be planted with a crop of wheat, symbolising a staple food, that will reflect its golden colour in the mirrored steel when it ripens.

Mohammad Sheibani was a refugee from Iran who came to this country in the 1980s and since developed his practice as an artist. For four years he was imprisoned in Iran for his political beliefs in a formidable brick prison. His work now reflects this, often with a brick motif or pattern, yet with an optimistic element of escape from incarceration.

The screen is constructed with a steel frame supporting 12 panels formed from a brick-motif trellis with a mirrored backing. Each of the 12 panels open out to allow other artworks to be inserted creating a continually changing exhibition. The works will be produced by artist-led workshops with schools and other groups in the area later in the year as well as provide an opportunity for other artists in Acton to contribute. These images could range from large coloured collages, photographic work or paintings and would be protected by a waterproof membrane.

The project was the initiative of Acton Arts and Media run by ACAVA in collaboration with Action Acton, the regeneration agency for Acton, Churchfield Community Association and the London Media Café. It was carried out with the kind support of the Oaks Management Company and the London Development Agency (SRB) through Action Acton.

For further details contact:

ACAVA, 54 Blechynden St, London W10 6RJ. Tel: 020 8960 5015