Spread kindness and hope in your neighbourhood!

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hARTslane’s Bunting of Hope is inspired by the Tibetan prayer flags typically carrying mantras (sacred words) for peace, compassion, good fortune, strength or wisdom. They are an essential part of Tibetan buddhism and can be found over mountain passes and along mountain ridges. Tibetans believe that these flags bless the air with their mantras and its messages of goodwill are carried with the wind and spread to the rest of the world.

A restorative community art project aimed at creating a public bunting installation based on the Tibetean Prayer Flag, traditionally used to promote peace, strength, and wisdom. Local residents and artists contribute with a message on a squared piece of recycled fabric in response to the current situation.

The final result is a compelling yet beautiful and uplifting cohesive community artwork, where numerous flags made by young and old are spreading hope, compassion and assurance in their community.

The first Bunting of Hope installation took place during the Covid-19 Lockdown in Autumn 2020, when physical and social interaction was restricted and it’s now an evolving continuous project taking place in various in- and outdoor venues across South East London. If you want to bring the Bunting of Hope to your neighbourhood, please contact us.

Hilly Fields Park, Brockley, Lewisham, 2020
Eckington Gardens, New Cross, Lewisham, 2021
Feed the Hill Social Supermarket, Lewisham, 2021 – part of DeptfordX Fringe Programme 

With thanks to Friends of Hilly Fields Community Group, Pistachos Cafe, Friends of Eckington Gardens, Feed The Hill Social Supermarket, Deptford X and all local residents and artists who made and donated their flag artworks.

Funded by The Arts Council England (2020), The National Lottery Community Fund (2021).

“People in my local park have made & hung Tibetan flags and it’s absolutely joyous. It makes the heart whelm and spirit sing. Thank you whoever you are, I really needed that.”

“Found a sense of hope in my local community as artists come together for a common cause: to bring and maintain a sense of hope for the future with messages akin to those on Tibetan prayer flags – of peace, compassion, strength & wisdom.”

“I cycled past Hilly Fields and these Tibetan inspired flags with excellent relevant messages cheered up the place! Let’s hope at least some of them come true and change our attitudes!”

“Lovely to see the ‘Buntings of Hope’ dancing in the breeze at Hilly fields this weekend. The wonderful people at hARTslane have been facilitating workshops with local people to create this magical sight.”


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