The theme for the E17 Art Trail this year is STEAM, the acronym that recognises the place of Art alongside the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
3-18 June 2017
The E17 Art Trail has become a Walthamstow phenomenon, the largest community-led arts festival in London.
The festival happens over 16 days in East London, from 3-18 June, plus 37 exhibitions open on 1 June for a preview night and parties. This year sees over 7,000 local artists and residents participating across Walthamstow, many responding to this year’s theme, STEAM, celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Impressively, one in every 15 people in Walthamstow is exhibiting or performing as part of this year’s E17 Art Trail, and that’s not even including all the host venues, businesses and additional volunteers that get involved to make it happen!
Walthamstow’s every-two-years community-led arts festival takes place in open houses, studios, galleries, streets, parks, workplaces, places of worship, schools and local businesses, sharing the creative endeavours of local artists and residents in over 250 events and exhibitions. There is even an exhibition of art displayed on a hedge. On just one day of the festival there are talks from artists and scientists, a film festival, performance, singing, dance, drumming, workshops, walks, cycling tours, puppets and 130 exhibitions!
The E17 Art Trail website is brilliant, very easy to navigate! You can browse the offerings by date and location on the map as well as in a virtual booklet that you can flip through page by page. The printed guides are available all over Walthamstow including at the library and The Mill community centre. The cover artist on the guide is Helen Mauer, whose studio it at the Barbican Arts Group Trust space: Blackhorse Lane Studios.
The Trail is divided up into smaller trails within Walthamstow, so you can see a wide variety of work within easy walking distance of each other: Blackhorse and Higham Hill Trail; William Morris Trail; High Street Trail; Markhouse and Lee Bridge Trail; Hoe Street Trail; Village Trail; and the Wood Street and Chapel End Trail. If you wish to see the trail in a group you can join a tour – there are both walking and cycling tours that you can join, see the details in the guide. You can follow the E17 Art Trail on socail media for updates: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.