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BRIAN BARNES  MBE

BPSCG Chair awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours List

Brian and Neil sprucing up Battersea in Persepective in 2001
 

Brian Barnes has been awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours List, for services to the community of Battersea.

In a message Brian said: "I am thrilled to receive this honour and want to thank all the people that I have had the pleasure of working with in Battersea, and beyond, throughout the past 30 years in our attempts to make the place better for everyone to live in. I hope to continue to strive for a better Battersea especially in respect of redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.

"I will be painting a mural in Springfield Hospital, Tooting, south London in January/February with the aid of grants from the Local Network Fund and Wandsworth Council Arts Department."

Brian moved to Battersea in the late 1960's after leaving the Royal College of Art. Since that time Brian has established a considerable reputation as a mural painter and print maker, using local themes and issues as a basis for his work.

Brian's most famous mural probably remains The Good the Bad and The Ugly, also known as "The Battersea Mural", at Battersea Bridge Road, designed in 1976 and painted by a group of local people from 1976 to 1978. The 250ft mural was demolished in 1979 by the Morgan Crucible Company.

The demolition was widely condemned.  Alf Dubs, the MP for Battersea at the time, raised the demolition in his maiden speech as an MP in the House of Commons in 1979.

Other important murals include Seaside Picture, Thessaly Road (1979), Nuclear Dawn, Brixton (1981), the HG Wells mural, Bromley (1986) Battersea in Perspective, Dagnall Street (1988), and the Violet Tzabo mural, Stockwell (2001).

Brian has also been a prolific campaigner in Battersea over a thirty year period: from the Battersea Redevelopment Action Group (BRAG) campaign for "jobs, housing and open space" in the early 1970's to the campaign to prevent the closure of Battersea Park Children's Zoo in 2003.

Brian founded Battersea Power Station Community Group in 1983, to see that the listed building is preserved and that local people have a say in the redevelopment, and continues in his role as Chair.

 

Posted on 1st January 2005

© Battersea Power Station Community Group 2005

Brian with Neil Torbett in 2001

Seaside Picture, Thessaly Road, SW8 (1979)

Seaside Picture (1979)

 

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