Leytonstone. Once home to the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. A place that continues to act as a source of inspiration for former residents David Bailey and Damon Albarn. It’s also where a young David Beckham learnt to play football.
Having produced such a hotbed of talent, it’s not surprising that Leytonstone hosts its very own Arts Trail, and this week the seventh trail kicks off with professional and amateur artists alike exhibiting a variety of different works.
It’s a perfect opportunity for Leytonstone residents to showcase their talents, with local businesses including cafes, restaurants, churches and shops also taking part in the creative venture, which lasts ten days.
There’s a whole host of different works on show this year – from oils to watercolours, to mixed media, to jewellery and ceramics.
And you too can join in the fun, as there’s a lots of events for you to get your teeth into. From pop-up bazaars at Luna Lounge, to life drawing classes at the Plough and Harrow, to woolly socials at the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Centre – there really is something for everyone.
Leytonstone Arts Trail, various locations, from July 4 to July 13, various times.
Details: leytonstoneartstrail.org, @lat_tweets
This year there’s a new app for the trail, which will help guide visitors around the streets of Leytonstone. Best of all, the app has been linked to a screen in Leytonstone Library so you can take, share and exhibit your pictures for a live gallery for all to see!
Over at the Red Lion, there’s a group exhibition by a selection of local artists including Carlos Cashiero, who is heavily inspired by tribal prints and psychadelia.
The Red Lion, High Road, July 4-13.
Few will have failed to notice the creative spirit of the area, as residents have taken to creating their own art to hang in their windows. Enjoy these street galleries popping up all over Leytonstone!
Waltham Forest Arts Club is getting in on the action too, with mobile art exhibition Art Floats. Featuring works by members, there will be art workshops too so you can contribute to the trail!
Saturdays, July 5 and 12, various locations and times.
It wouldn’t be Leytonstone Arts Trail without a nod to Hitchcock, would it? Over at Artefacto, there’s a group multi-media show: Hitchcock In Memoriam, and a workshop: Exploring Hitchcock (July 13). Artefacto Gallery, High Road, July 4-13
Stuart Cameron is among a number of artists exhibiting at Leytonstone Library. It’s the second time he’s exhibited in the trail and his drawings are exquisite. Some have been created using an iPad and then printed. Leytonstone Library, Church Lane, throughout.