Joining in the E17 Art Trail is an enjoyable and social way to share your group's activities with our local community.
In 2011 more than 80 of the 300 events on the E17 Art Trail were possible because of the support and creative contribution of local community groups and centres.
Here are some examples from last year, could your group do something similar?
Neighbours organised street parties, residents of The Drive invited artists to exhibit oil paintings on Batten House, perform in the open spaces, and share sculpture, print making and sound in pram sheds, bike sheds and garages.
The Mill's celebration of its Gala Opening conicided with the launch of the group exhibition for the E17 Art Trail: Making Our Mark at The Mill. The Mill also hosted the roaming exhibition: A People's History of the EMD/Granada Cinema, and was one of five venues for the Walthamstow International Film Festival.
Photo: Pauline Williams
Campaign groups including Amnesty International, Organiclea and Forest Recycling Project created exhibitions and hands on events highlighting the issues on which they campaign, and the Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign hosted a busy schedule of social cycle tours of the trail.
Voluntary Action Waltham Forest commissioned two photographers to create a photographic record and exhibition for the trail celebrating the voluntary work happening in our borough.
Local community services such as Waltham Forest Community Credit Union, Harmony Hall, the Peterhouse Centre and the Toy Library hosted artist exhibitions and events.
Sports clubs, gardening clubs, film clubs and community choirs all shared their facilities and talents as trail venues and contributors.
Libraries and musuems welcomed artists eager to integrate their work with the permanent collections and introduce a new focus to these archives.
Many of our local faith communities have been both incredibly hospitable in accommodating artists work within their place of worship, and making a creative contribution to the art trail programme. In 2011 St Banarbas, St Saviours, the Quaker Meeting House, St Mary's, Trinity URC and the I Kuan Tao Temple were all significant venues on our trail becoming places to gather, discuss and make art.
This year we are already looking forward to the Image17 exhibition of photographs of local sports clubs being part of this year's E17 Art Trail programme hosted by Walthamstow Central Library. We know Amnesty International, St Barnabas and St Saviours churches are beginning to plan their E17 Art Trail programme.
This year your community group can join in by:
displaying your own creative activities on the E17 Art Trail;
making your community space available to artists to exhibit.
If your community group has some ideas or questions about how to take part in this year's E17 Art Trail, please contact our audience and participation co-ordinator: Morag McGuire
firstname.lastname@example.org or join us at our monthly social events.