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The E17 Art Trail attracts thousands of people this year as artists open their homes and studios to their neighbours
As the E17 Art Trail comes to a close artists, organisers and inspired residents are celebrating ‘record numbers’ of visitors turning out to admire the work of ‘passionate’ and ‘talented’ people living in Waltham Forest.
A decade after arts development organisation Artillery first began the project its popularity continues to grow.
This year, 4,000 individual artists joined in and opened up their homes and businesses to strangers in the name of art.
Curator Paula Van Hagen believes that the home-grown project could be the biggest visual open arts festival in Europe.
She said: “The success of the art trail is down to the artists and the community. This is a very creative borough, the standard of the art was so high.
“One of the nice things is that people are meeting their neighbours through the art trail. It brings the community together.
“I haven’t had a single bit of negative feedback.”
Richard Selby, 43, is a proud Adult Fan of Lego (AFoL) who has taken part two art trails.
He transformed his garden in Farnan Avenue into a leg-lovers paradise, attracting 550 people through his doors in one weekend.
“It was such a pleasure to see so many people. I was overwhelmed by the amount of people who came,” He said.
“Someone who sticks out in my mind was a retired lady who had never stuck two bricks together in her life. At the end she asked me to buy some Lego.
“We had Lego cakes and biscuits, they were extremely popular.
“If I had to name a favourite it would be the micro map of London.”
Stevey Scullion who has also had two pieces selected foe Royal Academy Summer Show is taking part in the closing weekend by opening his studio in West Avenue to the public.
“This is life in Walthamstow,” He said.
“It is so diverse and what is great about it is that anyone can take part, it’s not elitist. The viewer actively decides what they see.”
The Art Trail will come to a close on Sunday with a closing event at the Blackhorse Workshop, Sutherland Road Path.
Dates for the 2015 event will also be announced.
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