Dulwich mural celebrates its sporting past

A mural has gone up to celebrate the sporting contribution of its residents.

The mural on Burbage Road, Dulwich depicts sport on the road like cricket, croquet, squash, tennis and hockey – and the five clubs who have their home today in Dulwich Sports Club.

The work was painted as part of the virtual Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House, an opportunity for community engagement and education and the promotion of the road’s sports facilities.

The mural includes references to this illustrious past by using colours from the Velodrome logo. The colours of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club are also included and can be seen in the rear bike wheel.

Last year, actor Richard Burbage, a famous actor at the time of Shakepeare and Edward Alleyne, was celebrated on one side of the railway bridge  during the Dulwich Festival. This new one is on the opposite wall celebrating sports past and present played in Burbage Road.

Lionel Stanhope and Katrina Russell-Adams

Network Rail and The Dulwich Society sponsored  the project and Burbage residents have helped the sports club to commission a local artist Katrina Russell-Adams to design the art work which will be painted by Lionel Stanhope between 2nd and 4th June.

Residents hope the finished piece is going to be playful and encouraging and appeal to the young and young at heart alike. It all fits with our focus on health.

Katrina said: “I’m an abstract artist and local too so this was perfect for me. Lionel’s done a fantastic job and it’s lovely to see it on such a large scale and nice and bright under this bridge.”

Lionel Stanhope said: “It’s always good to work with Network Rail on these murals, they’re so big and make such a massive difference to the places I’m working in. I get such great feedback from people when I’m painting them, just people walking past. “

Eddie Burton, community engagement manager at Network Rail said: “I’m delighted that one year later, we can return to Dulwich and celebrate the rich sporting history in the area. I hope locals will enjoy this artwork and I’d like to thank all the community groups involved for their help.”

Main Pic: L-R, Greg Wallyn and Tim Garner from Dulwich Sports Club, Louise Wood and Alison Venn from Burbage Road Residents’ Association, Katrina Russell-Adams and Lionel Stanhope

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