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Common Ground: Leytonstone’s outdoor gallery is back

Catch photographer Annick Wolfers's awesome large-scale works along the High Road

You might remember that last summer Leytonstone town centre was transformed, for the first time, into an outdoor gallery featuring the work of photographer Jake Green.

Today the Outdoor Gallery’s brand new summer exhibition launched – and we think it’s pretty good. This time round it’s the turn of photographer Annick Wolfers: the show, called Common Ground, celebrates our very own Wanstead Flats, “where the urban landscape meets the woods”, she says.

Wanstead Flats
Overground: Annick Wolfers’ Wanstead Flats. Photo: Stephen Emms

“The area means a great deal to local residents,” she says, “but it also has huge ecological significance too.”

The large-scale photographs are located under the railway arches at the Overground station and along the High Road on the sides of buildings: don’t forget to look up as you walk the thoroughfare.


Annick Wolfers
Ferndale Road: Common Ground, Annick Wolfers. Photo: SE

They aim to highlight the ecological and biodiversity interests of the area while showcasing the various individuals who “cherish the space today,” she says. “The project started as a journey to connect and educate myself about the local environment and has led to numerous encounters with amazing people.”

Once again you can follow the route and scan the QR codes to watch short documentary films.

And the exhibition is even more timely as tomorrow (July 1st) is the start of Leytonstone Arts Trail. Run solely by artists, it’s held across dozens of E10 and E11 venues, with over 60 exhibitions, workshops, and happenings (ends 9th July), read more here.

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