MUST DO: Leytonstone Arts Trail 2016

New exhibition at Stone Space starts today to coincide with E11’s biggest artsfest to date

Last year's Arts Trail. Photo: PR
Last year’s Arts Trail. Photo: PR
One for your diaries: this year E11’s famous Arts Trail will take place from the 2nd to 10th July.

In case you don’t know what exactly that is – or have just moved to the area – it’s an annual arts festival that invites artists to display in businesses, homes, galleries, quirky places, even outdoors. Artist studios and workshops also often open their doors for exclusive viewings. In short, it’s a Proper Community Happening.

In the lead-up to this year’s trail the peeps have organised an exhibition at E11’s diminutive and lovely Stone Space to provide a taster of the work that will be on show. Called Process and Preparation, it starts tonight (4th Feb) and will provide an insight into the working methods of these local artists.

Expect photography, animation, film, painting, printmaking and drawing, presenting preparatory work alongside finished pieces to showcase a host of varied techniques. Sculptor Brett Banks will also be carving live on Saturday 6th Feb and again on the 13th.


The show at Norlington. Photo: PR
The show at Norlington. Photo: PR
There’s also a call for artists and venues for this year’s trail to coincide with the launch. In the past there have been murals painted on indoor and outdoor walls, as well as sculptures and installations in front gardens. If you’d like to host, the organisers can help you to get in touch with artists who are looking for exhibition space.

This year you can also register your venue on the website. We hear you’re especially encouraged to register front garden walls and gate posts as a place where an artists could exhibit outdoor work. So go on, join in.

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Process and Preparation will be on at The Stone Space, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone from 4th – 28th February. For further details and opening times here. More info on the arts trail here.
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