It’s always a cracker, and there’s no change this year you’ll be pleased to know. With over 50 venues, the Leytonstone Arts Trail is all set and ready to go from July 6th – 14th.
The Trail can be done in bite-sized chunks with venues around Cann Hall Road and the Bakers Arms end of the High Road; Francis Road and Leyton; Grove Green Road; Church Lane and Leytonstone High Road.
The ever wonderful Stones Throw Market will be in St Johns Churchyard as the focal point on the first Saturday. Arts trail volunteers will be at stall where you can pick up your paper guides. The Trail also has a very comprehensive website (see below) where you can find out more about the artists, exhibitions and events.
Around Church Lane there will be some unmissable group shows: Carnival by the E11-based collective Creative Bloc at the Fill the Gap Gallery by the station; Tangent – The Stone Space volunteers show; and the Library Group show, as well as all the individual works in the cafes and businesses around the area.
Many places of worship are participating again this year with several churches, the Quaker Meeting House and Leytonstone Synagogue welcoming people in to look at new art on their walls.
Don’t forget to branch out to the Open Studios, mainly located round Leyton and Francis Road and Grove Green Road – see the guide map for details.
If you have kids you could take them along to the venues at Baker’s Arms, ending up at the childrens’ play park and café in Cann Hall Road, or the park opposite the Leytonstone Tavern.
On the second weekend? There’ll be an art fair in the Red Lion with plenty of prints and artworks to choose from, and a gazebo right on Wanstead Flats for a drink and draw session.
Don’t forget – if you feel inspired to join in – there’s nothing to stop you putting up your own or your kids’ artworks in windows, balconies or your garden.
Why? Because every year the idea is simple: “Let’s Fill Leytonstone with Art”. It really is for everyone – at least here in E10 and E11.
Main image: Stephen Emms
Hilary Douse is one of the organisers of the Leytonstone Arts Trail