A programme of art, architecture and infrastructure to mark the centenary of the UK’s biggest council housing estate

Joy Labinjo

Large-Scale Mural

Dagenham Heathway Shopping Centre

Joy Labinjo will create a permanent large-scale public mural in Dagenham Heathway Shopping Centre, Becontree during the centenary year. Labinjo will collect photographs of people and interiors from residents to inform the work.

As part of the Becontree Estate Centenary 2021, Labinjo collected photographs of people, homes and celebrations taken on the estate between 1921 to 2021 to inspire a new permanent mural that will be installed at Dagenham Heathway Shopping Centre.

Joy Labinjo’s vibrant large-scale paintings depict intimate scenes of contemporary life, capturing the everyday and the domestic. Her compositions feature portraits of family members, friends and people she has discovered in family albums, which are coalesced with found backgrounds. Her compositions are composed according to vibrant colours, patterns and poses, thus, whether they depict scenes from the private space of a household room or the public interior of a bus, she creates seemingly familiar situations which are actually imagined.

Commissioned by Create London, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.