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Art trail returns to bring splash of colour to Wanstead

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 August 2018

Some of the artists taking part in Art Trail Wanstead in front of the latest local seasonal mural, far right, at Wanstead Tube station. Photo: David Tyrrell

Some of the artists taking part in Art Trail Wanstead in front of the latest local seasonal mural, far right, at Wanstead Tube station. Photo: David Tyrrell

David Tyrrell

The annual Art Trail Wanstead will bring the high street to life with murals, graffiti and photographs from more than 150 different artists.

Work including Matthew Webber’s Heatwave will be on display as part of the Art Trail Wanstead.Work including Matthew Webber’s Heatwave will be on display as part of the Art Trail Wanstead.

Wanstead High Street will be brought to life with graffiti, murals and photographs from more than 150 artists as part of this year’s annual art trail.

The 16-day community event will take place from Saturday, September 8 till Sunday, September 23 and this year there will be a street art vibe with graffiti and mural work bringing a splash of colour to Wanstead.

As well as visual art from about 150 artists in more than 50 venues, Wanstead and Snaresbrook tube stations will both feature paintings and photographs.

Wanstead’s community gardeners asked artists Katherine Poluck and Karen Humpage to continue a series of seasonal landscape paintings on Wanstead station’s outside walls. Past Art Trail Wanstead murals “Make Art, Not War”, by Sam Cowan and Angela Daley, cover other station walls, and have fresh relevance as this year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

Work by Naomi Fenton Rayman will be on display as part of the Art Trail Wanstead.Work by Naomi Fenton Rayman will be on display as part of the Art Trail Wanstead.

The station managers and staff have said they loved seeing their workplace become an art landmark.

Meanwhile Woodford and Wanstead Photographic Society, celebrating its 125th anniversary, will be displaying their work inside Wanstead and Snaresbrook Tube stations.

Local artist Two Cane’s work will also be on show on the side of Filika Mediterranean restaurant, at Aldersbrook Tennis Club and in the car park at Majestic Wine Warehouse - where he collaborated with highly esteemed artist Core.

Two Cane has alsobeen behind much of the graffiti leading up to Charlie Brown’s roundabout (South Woodford), while Core created the Alfred Hitchcock’s, The Birds mural on a Leytonstone building.

Be amazed by the moving “augmented reality” art from Janet McKay and Martin Jones. Their fascinating portrait of Hypatia will be surrounded at the Christ Church Flower Festival celebrating women on September 16.Be amazed by the moving “augmented reality” art from Janet McKay and Martin Jones. Their fascinating portrait of Hypatia will be surrounded at the Christ Church Flower Festival celebrating women on September 16.

To see Two Cane in action, come along to the Art Trail zone at Vision’s big Wanstead Festival on Christchurch Green on Sunday September 16.

There will also be artists and designer makers selling work on stalls, and a free art workshop.

The Trail kicks off on Saturday (September 8) with the Local Makers Market at Christ Church hall (10am-4pm) and an open session at Wanstead House Community Association (10.30-1.30pm). Admission is free for both.

On the Trail there will be a wealth of art on display from amateur and professional artists - most of which is for sale.

Much of it follows this year’s guide theme – The Human Condition – and includes paintings, ceramics, furniture, mosaic, mixed media and photography.

It varies from postcard art created by local residents and artists, being shown at Stow Brothers and the library, to “augmented reality” and meditative art at Christ Chuch.

Group work is also being shown at Majestic Wine Warehouse, The Manor House, Allan Burgess House, Wanstead House, Wanstead Library and St Gabriel’s Church in Aldersbrook.

Trail sponsor Stow Brothers will hold a Trail preview reception next Friday (September 7) from 6-8pm, open to the public.

Free brochures with maps are widely available from Wanstead businesses, sponsor Stow Brothers, community centres and the library.

For the most up-to-date information, including late additions, go to www.artgroupwanstead.com

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