Submitted by: Hilary Douse
Did you know that Leytonstone has quietly developed a flourishing arts scene? The thriving gallery Stone Space and artists network ‘Creative Bloc’ would not exist if it hadn’t been for the development of the Leytonstone Arts Trail a few years ago.
Inspired by events that had happened in other parts of the borough, the Trail grew out of the established Leytonstone Festival.
Exhibitions have taken place in the vacant Woolworths shop, Norlington Studios and Langthorne Park and a radio show and craft fairs as well as a “Map App” took off last year.
The organisers are getting ready for their eighth year and are seeking artists and venues to take part. The 2015 Trail will run from the 4th – 11th July.
Artists pay a small fee to be included in the guide but the aim is to make the event low cost and mainly free to the community.
It is a great platform for both established and emerging artists to show their work. It has been great to watch some artists go from strength to strength since their involvement in the Trail.
The variety of styles of art in the Trail continues to impress – there is something for everyone.
An event called ‘Let’s Fill Leytonstone With Art’ runs alongside the Trail and on into the summer months, inviting anyone to put their own art in their windows or gardens to display to passers by.
Jill Cameron regularly decorates her tree in her garden and is already planning her display for this year, she says, “it is like Christmas in the middle of the year.”