Return of Wanstead art trail

PUBLISHED: 10:21 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:05 13 September 2017

The mural at Wanstead Tube station painted by Katherine Poluck and Karen Humpage.

The mural at Wanstead Tube station painted by Katherine Poluck and Karen Humpage.


The eighth annual Art Trail Wanstead – the borough’s biggest visual art event – is showcasing the work of up to 150 artists at 50 venues.

It started on Saturday, September 9 and runs until September 24 mainly in and around the High Street.

Venues include Wanstead Tube station, shops, galleries, bars, cafes, restaurants, estate agents, community centres including the library, and St Gabriel’s Church in Aldersbrook. Christ Church and Aldersbrook primary schools are also participating.

The trail also includes workshops, fairs and other 

London Adult Fans of Lego are showing work in a number of businesses but they may be a little difficult to spot at first. At least a dozen shops and businesses are featuring the popular construction toys with incredible models that blend in among the displayed stock.

Check out the Tom Ford and Elton John-style frames in the opticians. Scrutinise plants and flowers in the florists. And certainly don’t leaf through all the books in the Oxfam bookshop – some are as heavy as (plastic) bricks.

Artists taking part in the trail range from amateurs to professionals, individuals and groups, with work including mosaic, glass, jewellery and photography. Woodford and Wanstead Photographic Society, one of the oldest in the UK, 
will show work at the station 
and at Wanstead House community centre.

A mural has been painted outside the station by Katherine Poluck and Karen Humpage to highlight the herbs planted by the community gardeners led by Marian Temple.

There has been a special collaboration between the artists and gardeners this year to highlight the 2017 guide theme: Nature – A Breath of Fresh Air.

Members of Art Group Wanstead, which runs the trail, chose the theme to highlight the importance of safeguarding green areas to filter pollution and prevent breathing problems.

Founder Donna Mizzi says: The theme choice has been particularly apt for Wanstead as parking restrictions and withdrawal of the green garden waste service could persuade local people to do away with their front gardens and to create paved drives. People generally don’t realise the enormous value of their own patch of green. One main purpose of art is to make people think.”

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