Commons touch for young Forest Gate artists

A PAINTING created by boys at an art class at a Forest Gate mosque will soon be hanging in the House of Commons.

The boys from the class at the Minhaj-ul-Quran Mosque in Romford Road, which is led by Boris Johnson’s first wife Allegra Mostyn-Owen, have had their first painting commissioned by East Ham MP Stephen Timms.

Allegra said: “Stephen has promised to hang the painting in his office in the House of Commons, which faces the Thames.

“It is the perfect place for the painting as it features the River Nile.”

The former socialite and Tatler cover girl, who has been teaching art at the mosque for six years, was commissioned by Mr Timms for the painting at a recent inter-faith gathering.


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About 15 boys, aged between six and 14, have been working on the painting, which is on the Old Testament subject of Joseph and the Pharoah, for the past five weeks.

They hope to present the work to Mr Timms at the House of Commons next month.

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Allegra said: “I am very pleased with the results.

“The boys are all looking forward to a special day at the Commons.”

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