Places to see interesting art throughout Redbridge
- Credit: Louis Thornton
If you want to do a bit of exploring now that the days are longer and lockdown restrictions are in the process of easing, here are a few places where you can find interesting artwork throughout Redbridge.
While Redbridge is not chock-a-block with museums like some other boroughs, there are plenty of places to spot art of all kinds, if you know where to look.
Council-commissioned public art in Janice Mews and Kenneth More Road
Just outside the Kenneth More Theatre are two major, new artworks from street artists Dotmaster and Ben Eine.
The project was first dreamed up by residents Tom and Rieko Vining, who run the social media account @IlfordVillage to highlight the beauty of Ilford.
They worked with the council on commissioning the artists, who have previously worked with Banksy and have their artwork displayed around the world.
Not everyone is a fan of the project, but have a look yourself and see what you think.
The Space Studios Ilford opened in December 2019 and is part of the regeneration of Ilford Town Centre.
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Space has studios for 34 artists in Redbridge Town Hall and occasionally has public viewings.
It is temporarily closed due to the pandemic.
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The Grade-II listed mansion in Valentines Park has a rolling exhibition of artwork.
The exhibits are free to the public and open from 10.30am to 4pm on Sundays and Mondays, including bank holidays.
The site of the former department store Bodgers, which closed in 2018 after 125 years in business at the same location, has since been a magnet for street artists.
Before it will be turned into a tower block of flats, it has seen its share of interesting artwork.
In June 2020 it was the site of a Black Lives Matter mural; there was some upset when it was painted over.
It often has interesting artwork on display, but make sure to check it before it's gone!
The Redbridge Museum, housed in the central library, is currently closed for a major renovation but is due to reopen in 2022.
It has stories of people who have lived and worked in Redbridge since 1940, as well as pictures and a history of what the area looked like in the 1800s and how the area has developed over time.