MUST DO: Leytonstone Arts Trail

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Back for an eighth year next month – and all set to take over E11 for eight beautiful days and nights

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Evocative: a photograph by Beatrice Foschetti & Michele Benigna who will be opening their house on Carlton Road.
Evocative: photo by Beatrice Foschetti and Michele Benigna. The pair will have an open house on Carlton Road.
Gorblimey! It’s only the eighth annual arts trail innit. For the uninitiated, it’s a little like the E17 Art Trail except on a slightly smaller, slightly shorter scale.

But don’t let any of that put you off. Like its Walthamstow sibling, this has passion by the bucketful. A smorgasbord of venues all over E11 (and E10) will be displaying all manner of creative stuff: from the Quaker Meeting House to the Wanstead Tap and right out to La Petit Robe Rose . And it’s all part of the wider Leytonstone Festival, which runs from 1st to 19th July.

Gillian Swan's work will be at The Stone Space
Gillian Swan’s work will be at The Stone Space. Photo: LAT

If you take a wander down the High Road or Church Lane that week there’ll be art on the walls of a variety of businesses: highlights include a “playful display of puppets” in the Stone Space Gallery; Creative Bloc at the TfL space Fill the Gap Gallery; Waltham Forest Arts Club at St Johns Church; and some of Leytonstone’s best known artists at the Red Lion.

What else? Stuart Cameron will be popping up at Mario’s Barbers, Artefacto Tattoo will have their annual Hitchcock-inspired show; and a site specific photography exhibition by Anna Newson-Lyons will be at the Eel and Pie House (dammit that needs a review).

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Two places readers know we’re fans of are the Northcote Pub and Marmelo Kitchen; both will naturally be involved…but you’ll have to go along to see what (and – off topic – but don’t forget the former has an ace-sounding Blind Date Live evening hosted by drag queens on the 18th July).

#onyourbiscuit food art by Louise Carey
#onyourbiscuit food art by Louise Carey. Photo: LAT
Back to the trail, and exhibitions will fill the Cornerstone and the United Free Church, while at St Andrews Church there’ll be a life drawing taster session on the afternoon and evening of 3rd July. And who doesn’t enjoy a snoop round someone’s home?  If that’s you, a bunch of arty people are opening their houses on Twickenham, Carlton and Barfield Roads.

Elsewhere, local schools are making a splash this year with Buxton, Davies Lane and Leytonstone Schools opening their doors to the public. Jenny Hammond School will be having a live bronze casting on the 4th July between 11.30 and 2.30pm – this hopes to celebrate culture, migration and the insect world.

Finally, watch out for craft markets on both Saturdays of the trail so there will be plenty of things to browse and buy. And new mates to be made, of course.

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Arts Trail Dates: Saturday 4th July-Sunday 12th July 2015. For more information head here or follow on Twitter @lat_tweets
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