The Canals Project

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The Canals Project, September 2013

In 2013 The Legacy List commissioned Cedar Lewisohn to curate a series of permanent street art walls for east London’s canal system. The Canals Project was one of the first projects to benefit from The Legacy List’s corporate partnership with Bloomberg LLP, and the charity’s ongoing creative partnership with the Canal & River Trust. The first stage of the project saw a number of new works installed in selected locations along the Lee Navigation and Hertford Union canals.


The brief for the artworks reflected the location and history of the canals. The artists were selected from a carefully curated mix of well known and rising stars from the international street art scene. The project also offered a once in a lifetime opportunity for two London based artists, selected from over 70 applications, to take up a residency in Poland and Brazil.  Artist Jo Peel spent a week working in Worclaw and CEPT (Mike Ballard) spent two weeks in San Paulo. Working closely with local artists and communities, the project staged a series of workshops, events and discussions to encourage local participation and involvement both in London and during the international residencies.