Second Wanstead festival to go ahead after �1,500 funding boost

Wanstead will stage its second art trail in September and organisers have promised it will make the area more vibrant and build a stronger community.

Councillors agreed to stump up �1,489 to fund the 16 day trail at an area committee one meeting at Wanstead Church School, Church Path, Wanstead on Monday.

This year it will be run by Art Group Wanstead, a new body made up of artists and residents who took part in last year’s trail.

Founder Donna Mizzi said: “I am so pleased we have got the funding.

“It will be a fantastic event for Wanstead and it’s wonderful to the have the support of all the councillors.”

The project, which will cost �4,000 to run in total, is set to feature the work of more than 200 artists which will be displayed in participating shops in High Street.

Schools will also take part.

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Cllr Sue Nolan (Conservative, Snaresbrook ward) asked if the group was prepared to stage the event and Mrs Mizzi said she realised it was more than people just showing off their art.

“We know there is a lot of organisation involved and I am working with an excellent team of enthusiastic and experienced artists to make it happen,” she said.

She added: “More and more people are joining the group and we are also being contacted by those who want to support the trail.”

The money requested will pay for designing, printing and distributing 10,000 art trail maps which will be double the size of last year’s to incorporate more information.

People will be asked to leave the maps at recycle points for newly arriving visitors.

Cllr Michelle Dunn (Conservative, Wanstead ward) said “The committee would welcome putting forward the money. I wish you the best of luck.”

Cllr Alex Wilson (Conservative, Wanstead ward) added: “Last year I was very supportive of the art trail and I am more than happy to support it this year.”

The group have been using pub The George in High Street as a gallery and also hold occasional fair and classes.

The next fair will be on Saturday (April 2) and will feature textile art.