Celebrated art curator and interior architect Shiro Muchiri is on a mission to shake up the world of art commissioning, having long been fascinated by art’s potential in establishing compelling connections with people and place.
Binki Taylor is a GLA commissioner for diversity in the public realm and a founding partner of the Brixton Project - a community placemaking organisation that uses creativity to empower local people’s involvement in the cultural and economic evolution of where they live and work.
Shiro and Binki believe that when artworks have broad social and cultural relevance and tell compelling stories, they have the power to make strong connections with communities.
Shiro and Hanna Afolabi from Mood & Space are launching Art in Architecture this month, a pioneering new service which combines their passion of utilising art – as an engagement process, temporary or permanent installations – in making sure regeneration projects put people at the heart of their approach.
And in June, as part of London Festival of Architecture (Binki is on the curation panel), Shiro is hosting an event with some of London’s most exciting developers including Related Argent (regenerating Brent Cross Town) and General Projects (leading on sustainable retrofit) – alongside their architect and artist collaborators - to explore how art has been used to shape inclusive identities of place.