Through Arts We Rise have now painted a permanent mural on West Hampstead Bridge. Through Arts We Rise is a non-profit community group in West Hampstead, founded by conceptual artist Alketa Xhafa Mripa with the goal of socially engaging creative people through arts in raising awareness and support towards human rights issues.

The mural represents a response to the climate of anxiety, defeat and desperation London is experiencing during these uncertain times. It’s a reminder to maintain an attitude of empathy and kindness towards our neighbours. Our goal is to socially engage with creative people and activists through art. I want our public art installations to be a tool to highlight social injustices and inequalities towards marginalised communities and those who suffer.

“We want to make homelessness visible and inspire reflection on the individual experience of rough sleepers. You can see portraits of David, Amy and John and his dog, Sugar” – wrote Alketa on Facebook.

Alketa Xhafa Mripa

Alketa Xhafa Mripa

“I wanted to pay a tribute to John, who died last May. We, as a community, can not close our eyes to the alarming and growing number of homeless individuals. It’s essential we are reminded, every day, of the plight of homeless people and try and help and strive to support those who face its hardship” said Alketa.


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