Wanstead arts trail dazzles the high street

PUBLISHED: 14:31 15 September 2016 | UPDATED: 14:31 15 September 2016

Art Trail Wanstead high street.
Devonsbrook interiors (3-5 Hermon Hill, 
Lego model.

Art Trail Wanstead high street. Devonsbrook interiors (3-5 Hermon Hill, Lego model.


Regular customers of the shops of Wanstead High Street might have noticed something slightly different this week.

The seventh annual Art Trail Wanstead launched on Saturday, and for the next two weeks impressive works of art will be on display throughout the town centre.

Founder Donna Mizzi has been pleased with the warm reception the installations have received so far, particularly at the event’s launch fair in Wanstead Library’s Churchill Hall at the weekend.

She said: “I was really happy with how many people came, it was more than just a decent turnout!

“The launch was a really, really popular, community-oriented day that broke down barriers – everyone got involved with it.”

The launch fair gave residents a chance to get hands-on with a number of different arts and crafts stalls, as well as displaying maps of the entire trail and giving everyone a bit more information on what to expect over the next two weeks.

Two of the day’s most popular workshops were paper marbelling and local artist Michael Martin’s portrait drawing demonstration, which gave visitors a chance to participate.

A high profile fan of the Art Trail is Redbridge Mayor Cllr Gurdial Bhamra.

Speaking to assembled artists and volunteers at an exclusive event the night before the official launch, Cllr Bhamra expressed his hope that art such as that on display in Wanstead High Street could be used as a force for good.

He said: “Any productive activity which brings people together is good for us all.

“It encourages us all to meet, talk and appreciate art, thus bringing different communities together.

“The organisers, who have been running this show for years, sometimes deserve appreciation for the efforts they are putting in.

“Wanstead is doing everything to become the capital of arts in Redbridge.”

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