Over 4000 artists, 250 events and 100 open studios are set to make this year’s E17 Art Trail better than ever. Taking place between the 30th May and the 14th June, the E17 Arrt Trail adopts the theme of storytelling, turning shops, cafes and houses into boutique art galleries. Other landmarks get an unlikely make over too, as churchyards and bus stops also house pop up exhibitions, attracting crowds of visitors to this leafy corner of North East London.
The theme of storytelling stems from the idea that stories represent the best of our creativity and triumphs. Stories form an integral part of the artistic process and carry the artist from the initial idea stage, right through to the final product. Visitors exploring the Art Trail will see first hand, the journey each individual artist has been on in order to create their body of work. These exhibitions will then become the focal point for many more stories told by residents and visitors alike, turning Walthamstow into a storytelling hub.
East London has such a rich and diverse artistic community with people working between many mediums such as photography, painting, poetry and performance. The E17 Art Trail not only offers local artists a platform to showcase their work, it also makes it even easier for residents to explore places off the beaten track, thanks to the many cycling and walking tours designed to coincide with the trail. E17 Art Trail founder, Paula Van Hagen explains that “Artists open houses stand at the heart of the Art Trail and are an enduring and evocative expression of all that is so rewarding about living in a creative community.” It is not very often you get to step inside the homes of complete strangers and discover their works of art, but this is Walthamstow and community spirit is the driving force of life here. It is this familiarity and openness that has attracted visitors from London and afar to the Art Trail, since it began back in 2005.
With only three weeks to go, excitement is building amongst locals eager to discover what will be on show. The programme of events has now been published on the site, making it easy to plan in advance which events to attend. In addition to this, many cafes, shops and studios will be putting on events and parties so it is important to keep an eye out for those. And remember, as the theme of the Art Trail is storytelling, we want to hear your stories about the exhibitions, so tweet us or Facebook us your highlights.
To find out more about the E17 Art Trail, click here
Words: Grace Molan