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First look at ‘love letter’ to local high streets

The exhibition is a “love letter” to Walthamstow and Chingford Mount high streets
By Waltham Forest Echo

Work from 100 Days of Groceries (credit: Neeli Malik)
Work from 100 Days of Groceries (credit: Neeli Malik)

A 24-year-old artist has created a “love letter” to two local high streets, which visitors can see a sneak peak of this weekend before it opens next year.

100 Days of Groceries was created by Neeli Malik with the help of grant funding from Waltham Forest Council and will formally open at 228 Chingford Mount Road in January.

The exhibition is a “love letter” to the shops lining the high streets in Walthamstow and Chingford Mount, telling the stories not only of the shops but of the people that run them.

This weekend a special preview show will open at Winn’s Gallery in Walthamstow’s Lloyd Park. 

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(Credit: Neeli Malik)

Neeli told the Echo: “The artworks and accompanying interviews in this project all tell a variety of stories: of community strength; of business entrepreneurship, of multicultural diversity, of struggles and hardships, of anxieties in uncertain times. 

“Stories of where they started, where they’re going, and of hopes for the future. It paints a picture through the lens of the food shop.”

During the January show, 100 Days of Groceries host a programme of activities and events, including printmaking and photography workshops.

Visit the preview show at Winn’s Gallery from 10am to 4pm on 5th and 6th November. 

Alternatively, visit the main show from 13th January to 6th February from 11am to 6pm at 228 Chingford Mount Road.

Find out more on Instagram @100_days_of_groceries

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