Walthamstow should become a leading area for street art, according to the founder of a creative community group.

This week, a 3D mural was painted on the side of a building in the Ravenswood Industrial Estate.

Carpenter Gary Banks and well-known artist duo Static created the piece after teaming up with community group, Wood Street Walls (WSW).

WSW founder, IT consultant Mark Clack, who lives in Wood Street, was inspired by street art in Paris, Miami and other areas of London.

The 34-year-old said: “Wood Street walls was set up around two or three months ago “We want to brighten up the Walthamstow area, making use of blank, ugly walls and give people something beautiful to look at.

“Hopefully, in turn, it will increase footfall for local businesses.

"We have identified three more sites around Walthamstow, including The Bell pub on Forest Road who have offered us a wall."

“There is also a temporary space in Wood Street which a big international artist will paint on if we get it permanently.

“I love street art and I am passionate about seeing it in Walthamstow."

Mr Clack is also hoping to revive the Manual Instruction Centre in Brooke Road.

He started a crowd funding campaign which he hopes will attract support from tjr community, the Mayor of London and Waltham Forest council.

He said: “The overall aim is to open Wood Street Studios. We have already raised £1,000 in two days but we need £40,000.

“In return for work space, we will ask artists to hold workshops for residents.

“There was a study recently commissioned by the Mayor of London into artist’s workspace.

“It said there around 70 spaces for artists in Waltham Forest, compared to 1,150 Hackney.

“By reviving a disused public building create a brand new studio and community space.

"The studio will provide a creative home for local artists, but we will ask all of them to give workshops to the community in return for the affordable space.”

Anyone who would like to get involved, artists, local business or residents who spot empty space to brighten up the area can contact the group via www.woodstreetwalls.co.uk.

To help the campaign click here.