Lewisham's long-serving community mural initiative is campaigning to launch its own school, where residents can learn how to create public artworks.

Founded by Buenos Aires-born Patricio Forrester, Artmongers is behind a number of well-known murals in the area, most famously 'His and Hers', which has overlooked Deptford market since 2002.

The School of Muralism, a project supported by Goldsmiths University and Lewisham Council, has raised 42% of the £64,612 funding required to launch, and is hoping to win a £20,000 pledge from the Mayor in February.

Patricio Forrester said: “Now is the perfect time to bring together years of experience painting murals in Lewisham combined with newly energised young people who have become more engaged in activism. ”

Expanding on Artmongers work, The School of Muralism "will bring colour and creativity to parts of Lewisham that are currently overlooked."

Students from all disciplines at Goldsmiths will be working alongside young local artists, to "respond creatively to the challenges of urban living."

Supported by Brewers, Network Rail and Goldsmiths, the school will run three courses of ten weeks each, over a period of 18 months.

Each course will have 12 students, who will have the chance to produce two murals for the community.

Goldsmiths has already pledged £15, 000 and a space in-kind where the initial workshops will happen, which will then move on site for the making of the murals.

To launch, the project needs 'Mural Mobile' with all the equipment necessary to prepare, paint and maintain the murals including items such as a scaffold tower and a hot water pressure gun for graffiti removal.

Professor Frances Corner OBE, Warden, Goldsmiths University of London, said: “The School of Muralism would be a great asset to the community and learning infrastructure in the local area.”

To donate to their crowdfund, which runs until May 25, visit: https://www.spacehive.com/lewisham-school-of-muralism