The E17 Art Trail

This June, gather your loved ones and head off on a cultural exploration in Walthamstow as one of the biggest events on Waltham Forest’s cultural calendar returns! From 3-18 June 2017, it’s full steam ahead for the E17 Art Trail and this year, it’s bigger than ever.

Over 7000 Walthamstow artists, residents and businesses invite you to explore and enjoy the E17 Art Trail 2017. This year, the theme is STEAM - an acronym acknowledging the influence of creative disciplines in STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. An event for the whole family to enjoy, grab your loved ones and marvel at the talent on show.  

The E17 Art Trail is an art led project providing a framework for E17 and Waltham Forest artists and makers to exhibit and promote their work. What began in 2005 when two Walthamstow artists wanted to find a way to motivate the local artistic community has now turned into an annual event loved by all the community. The two founding artists now work with a team of people to deliver the E17 Art Trail under the umbrella of Artillery. 

Artists use this annual event to show new work, ideas, portfolios and update websites whilst local residents take part in community exhibitions. Adult education programmes showcase their students’ work and their courses to new audiences and schools adorn their fences with work. Painters, sculptors, poets, choirs, photographers, designers and dancers welcome you to enjoy exhibitions, performances and workshops in the studios and streets, parks and pubs, cafes and shopping centres, faith spaces and community places. Utilising every possible space as a venue, art of all kind can be found everywhere in the E17 Art Trail.

2015 saw the storytelling theme and to explore the possibilities of the 2017 STEAM theme, Artillery delivered a series of monthly talks. With presentations, demonstrations and discussions, the talks brought together artists, archaeologists, scientists, mathematicians and historians whose work involves collaborations across STEAM disciplines. These talks were intended to support artists in the research and development of their E17 Art Trail projects, ensuring an informative and jam-packed selection of talent for the Trail.

Artillery aims to continue to create more opportunities for visual arts in the area, supporting on-going relationships between artists, audiences and businesses, and to champion the local network of artists that has grown up around the E17 Art Trail.

Whether you enjoy perusing the skills on offer in your local community, fancy yourself as a budding artist or simply want a fun filled family-friendly event that is not only interesting but educational, look no further. Taking place over 16 action-packed days and 3 weekends in Walthamstow, the full E17 Art Trail schedule is now online and in print from festival venues and Waltham Forest Libraries.

For more information, head to www.e17arttrail.co.uk

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