E17 Art Trail
Welcome to a Walthamstow Phenomenon
A festival produced by the residents of Walthamstow and coordinated by Artillery
Artillery is an arts development organisation based in Walthamstow, North East London, established by the creative team behind the E17 Art Trail. Artillery aims to create lasting shared memories among neighbours resulting from our open invitations to create neighbourhood events and projects together. We apply artistic practise to mobilise the talents and enthusiasm of artists, residents, businesses and communities to collectively contribute to our creative programmes. Artistic and creative practise is our tool for making connections locally and strengthening communities.
Artillery CIC, The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, London E17 7HA
Over 7,500 artists, residents and workplaces in Walthamstow are inviting you to enjoy every element of the E17 Art Trail 2017.
Infused with our STEAM theme, painters, sculptors, poets, choirs, photographers, designers, ceramicists, and dancers welcome you to enjoy exhibitions, performances and workshops in the studios and streets, parks and pubs, cafes and shopping centres, faith spaces and community places.
STEAM is the acronym acknowledging the influence of creative disciplines in STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths.
“I was indulging my own interests in choosing the STEAM theme this year, but was delighted to find that it resonates with so many people who have enjoyed responding to it.”
Laura Kerry, Creative Director, E17 Art Trail.
Across Walthamstow, artists, makers and neighbours have been conducting their own experiments, tests and research as they prepare their exhibits and events. Local residents are applying their creativity in exploring phenomenons in zoology, physics, chemistry, ecology, geometry, analog and digital technology.
Whilst debates rage nationally about the value of investing in the creative arts in education, 23 local schools, colleges and nurseries have determinedly found time and resources to share the incredible creative work of their young artists in the festival. Our STEAM theme has proved a fertile opportunity for Artillery to begin to foster links with researchers in nearby universities, new relationships that we hope may inform future collaborations in our neighbourhood.
Participation in the E17 Art Trail has grown to truly epic proportions whilst the festival continues to operate on a modest budget combining funds gratefully received from our local authority, local sponsors and registration fees. As we go to print, we calculate 1 in 15 local residents are creatively contributing to the programme, and we expect this to rise! So we are hugely grateful to the incredibly talented local volunteers who have shared their time, energy and specialist skills to help make sure that this phenomenal programme is enjoyed fully by visitors. For digital navigation, try StoryMap; or augment your exhibition visits with online footage of E17 Art Trail artists at work via our YouTube channel, connect to both via www.e17arttrail.co.uk. This phenomenon can only be experienced for 16 days, don’t miss it!
Make time to enjoy the warm welcome of artists and makers across our town.
STEAM into Walthamstow and enjoy the trail!
Laura, Morag, Hannah, E17 Art Trail volunteers and artists.
Artillery’s team for the E17 Art Trail
Laura Kerry: Project Manager
Morag McGuire: Participation and Audience Development
Hannah Ford: Project Assistant
Logo design: Danny Coope
Brochure design: Paul Lindt www.academydesign.com
Cover Artist Profile: Helen Maurer
Title: re Composing
Installation by Helen Maurer
Image courtesy the artist and Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art
Photography by Oskar Proctor
Helen Maurer was born in Portsmouth then studied Fine Art and Theatre at Brighton University, before completing an MA in Glass at The Royal College of Art. She has exhibited internationally and collaborated on a number of joint projects with other artists, choreographers and musicians. She lives and works in London and is represented by Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art.
Visit Helen’s studio in Blackhorse Lane Studios during the E17 Art Trail, weekend of 16-18 June, venue 4.