Uncategorized

Art exploring development

We have asked artists and photographers to look at development and housing in Waltham Forest. You can expect to see more on this theme over the next few […]By Bella Saltiel

We have asked artists and photographers to look at development and housing in Waltham Forest. You can expect to see more on this theme over the next few weeks.

Art by Alison Stirling

Gentrification Over the last few years, I noticed the architecture of East London dramatically change shape. I have responded with a series of sketches and paintings: ‘Gone to the dogs’ and ‘Untitled’.  Buildings are left to ruin whilst new developments spring up. What is starkly apparent is the growth of (un)affordable housing coupled with the visible rise in homelessness. My work reflects not only my interest in architecture but the key social role architecture plays in shaping lives.  

Lea Valley I became interested in the Lea Valley ice centre development when a fellow Artist alerted me to the Save Lea Marshes campaigners there. I visited the site when the clearance works were underway and recorded the sound of bird song overlaid with the noise of tree felling. The campaigners have precise knowledge of the effect the works will have on the local ecosystem and the natural habitat of a variety of at-risk species. I began by painting the lost trees on recycled panels. When thinking about the problematic process of displaced nature I decided to create a set of postcards depicting the wildlife titled: Not out of the woods. Postcards depict a memory or of a place and time you wish to remain. Instagram: @stirling.alison   web: www.alisonstirlingfineart 


This story is published by Waltham Forest Echo, Waltham Forest's free monthly newspaper and free news website. We are a not-for-profit publication, published by a small social enterprise. We have no rich backers and rely on the support of our readers. Donate or become a supporter.


Please continue to send us your images! Email [email protected]


No news is bad news 

Independent news outlets like ours – reporting for the community without rich backers – are under threat of closure, turning British towns into news deserts. 

The audiences they serve know less, understand less, and can do less. 

In celebration of Indie News Week, Public Interest News Foundation's Indie News Fund will match fund all donations, including new annual supporter subscriptions for the month of June.

If our coverage has helped you understand our community a little bit better, please consider supporting us with a monthly, yearly or one-off donation. 

Choose the news. Don’t lose the news.

Monthly direct debit 

Annual direct debit

£5 per month supporters get a digital copy of each month’s paper before anyone else, £10 per month supporters get a digital copy of each month’s paper before anyone else and a print copy posted to them each month.  £50 annual supporters get a digital copy of each month's paper before anyone else.

Donate now with Pay Pal

More information on supporting us monthly or annually 

More Information about donations

Tags