The project took place in a community with various problems such as graffiti vandalism, and many residents having to leave their homes due to the panned demolition of the tin houses in the area, which were built during the war for temporary accommodation. There were many activities around the project and the final piece was a series of murals that were made by various graffiti artists and the young people within the society inspired by the memories of the citizens living in the area. The project included workshops and diversionary activities. Consequently, the project managed to knit the community together as it combined kids in the primary school, adolescents, middle-aged people to the elderly. It reduced the graffiti vandalism, helped bring more funding for the community, helped the older generations to let go off the past yet hold on to their memories. This and other murals that were done in the area helped the young people in the society to use their creativity in a constructive way and reduced tagging.
Signal Project was founded in 2002 and has sustained a reputation for delivering ambitious, community-orientated, large-scale coordinated graffiti murals. First commissioned community mural was over ¼ km long in South London, giving the opportunity to work with young people from various youth organisations in the area, and over 20 major International graffiti artists.
In 2004, and as a result of major lobbying work for legal public murals, Signal was funded to create the Kilburn Tube Mural Project– a visual and political achievement that clearly illustrates how the work of graffiti artists can be welcomed into the fabric of the local community. Voted as London’s Best Mural (Time Out, Issue 1872, 2006), the Kilburn Project elevated the work from the cool kudos of graffiti art to high quality mainstream public art.
Signal has managed numerous mural projects and one off workshops across greater London. The initial focus on public murals involving excluded young people rapidly expanded in 2004, as it started to deliver to various organisations from corporate team building days to Scout groups. By approaching each situation with an open mind and flexible approach, the team has successfully worked with a wide range of communities.
The culmination of delivery capabilities came in 2008/9 with the Stanwell Project. Signal was commissioned to design a mural project to engage a whole community, from ages 5 to 95. The 60m mural provided a central point for intergenerational storytelling, digital video workshops, plus drawing, painting and collage activities. Published on-line, as a book and a video documentary, the project has become a part of the area’s history.
2009 has seen Signal branch into education curriculum development, working in partnership with education consultants Beyond Knowledge Ltd. Although the project has been Arts Award accredited since 2006, it's long believed the dedicated work young people put into projects should translate into GCSE level accreditation.
The project's general aim is to extend the creative repertoire and breadth of project delivery, and to continue to create artwork in the public domain that is of a world class standard.