About Us

VISION AND AIMS

Our mission for the Leytonstone Arts Trail is fourfold, with a dedicated focus on enhancing the representation of the community:

•⁠  ⁠Build a community of artists: Encouraging a diverse range of participants, supporting local artists by providing a platform to showcase their work, fostering professional networks, and encouraging collaborative ventures.

•⁠  ⁠Boost the local economy: Stimulating economic activity through art sales, promoting local services, increased footfall and encouraging investments back into the community.

•⁠  ⁠Promote sustainability: Encouraging local exploration and reducing environmental impact.

•⁠  ⁠Enhance wellbeing: Through art and social interaction, we aim to improve mental health, foster social connections, and build a network of support, with a strong emphasis on diversity and inclusivity.

BENEFITS OF THE ART TRAIL

•⁠  ⁠Cultural Enrichment: Enriches the area’s cultural life, offering a variety of artistic experiences to residents and visitors alike.

•⁠  ⁠Economic Boost: By increasing footfall, the Art Trail supports local commerce, from cafes and pubs to independent retailers.

•⁠  ⁠Social Cohesion: Art becomes a conversation starter, building bridges between people of different ages, backgrounds, and interests.

•⁠  ⁠Artistic Development: Artists gain exposure, receive feedback, and sell their work, contributing to their professional growth.

Highlights from past Art Trails…

•⁠  ⁠Diverse venues: From cafes to business premises, local artists converted both familiar and hidden spaces into art hubs.

•⁠  ⁠Wide range of art forms: Showcasing everything from printmaking to performance, we offered a broad spectrum of artistic expressions.

•⁠  ⁠Community integration: By hosting events in accessible spaces and community favourites, we embedded the arts trail within the fabric of daily life.

•⁠  ⁠Local artist spotlight: We provided platforms for local talents supporting economic growth for artists.

•⁠  ⁠Interactive art: Engaging activities included “Drink and Chat” events and live print demonstrations.

•⁠  ⁠Exploratory themes: Visitors delved into spiritual and physical environments with thought-provoking installations in outdoor spaces.

•⁠  ⁠Culinary collaborations: Some venues hosted events that intertwined the sensory experiences of taste and sight by providing tasting menus alongside complementary artwork.

•⁠  ⁠Intimate artist engagements: Artists’ private workspaces in homes and studios were opened, inviting visitors to step into the artist’s world.

•⁠  ⁠Broadening horizons: Sculpture installations were visible to passers-by 24/7.

•⁠  ⁠School contributions: George Tomlinson Primary School displayed its pupils’ mixed media works, raising the importance of young voices in the arts.

•⁠  ⁠Inclusive artistic celebrations: Collaborative exhibitions and events inviting friends and strangers alike to marvel at the diversity of local talent.

•⁠  ⁠Innovative spaces: Artists sought out surprising sites to display their work: flowers tumbling from a tower; murals on garage walls or above kitchen sinks; sheds converted to galleries; artwork in windows and front gardens.

•⁠  ⁠Innovative events: Digital art workshops and walking sketch workshops, inclusive and accessible for novice and experienced artists.

•⁠  ⁠Photographic journeys: photographic projections highlighting local historical narratives and celebrities.

•⁠  ⁠Artistic collaborations: Venue partners hosted interactive art sessions, providing engaging educational experiences.

•⁠  ⁠Community projects: The “Let’s Fill Leytonstone with Art Project” invited attendees to create alongside artists, fostering a sense of ownership and participation.

•⁠  ⁠Varied Exhibitions: From contemporary ceramic art to mixed media showcases, our trail displayed an eclectic mix of visual art styles and mediums.

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