The Leytonstone Arts Trail is an annual festival of visual arts in Leytonstone, run by artists, for their work and community.
It is an opportunity for anyone to show their work. It provides a forum for the creative talent in Leytonstone and its surrounding areas and builds connections between local artists, businesses and residents.
Participants display their work in a variety of venues such as their homes, studios, workshops, cafes, shops, galleries or outdoors. They register their exhibitions and venues with the Leytonstone Arts Trail organising group who collate this information and make it available to the public both via this website and in a printed Arts Trail guide booklet.
Started by a small group in 2008 and almost entirely self-funded and run by volunteers, the egalitarian entry criteria attract a diverse range of artists from hobbyists to professionals, with ages from primary school to pensioners. Each year evolves its own personality and surprise hits owing to the particular mix of participating artists and hosting organisations.
Members of the public are invited to enjoy all the exhibitions free of charge and it is hoped that the Arts Trail increases the enjoyment of all who live in, work in and visit the area.
Tuesday Roberts, owner of The Northcote Pub said:
The Arts Trail encompasses the diversity of our local community crossing social and economic boundaries. We feel lucky to have met such wonderful artists in our 3 years as a hosting venue on the Trail. It’s a real gem for Leytonstone.
What I like about the trail is that it brings a rich variety of visual arts to Leytonstone – this has an uplifting effect on a great number of people and brings communities together.
Naoise McGeer, Head of Art at Leytonstone School said:
The Arts Trail provides our students with the opportunity to have their work viewed alongside successful practising artists in the borough.
As the Leytonstone Arts Trail (LAT) is a not for profit, unincorporated voluntary society, each year members of the organising group take the roles of Coordinator, Treasurer and Secretary to meet the requirements of the LAT Constitution.