Artistic trail takes over Forest Gate

PUBLISHED: 12:06 21 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:06 21 July 2015

Arts trail artists at Forest Gate library

Arts trail artists at Forest Gate library


An artistic trail will be taking over Forest Gate over the next few weeks as talented residents exhibit their work in key locations.

More than 40 locally based artists are taking part in the first ever Forest Gate Arts Trail which began on Monday and will continue until August 8.

Altogether, 26 venues will be transformed into mini art galleries as hundreds of creative pieces will be put on show across the area.

Artist, Sophie Rigg, who lives in Forest Gate, has helped organise the event.

She said: “This is the first ever trail that is being held and we’re hoping to expand the event over the next few years.

“We’ve had a lot of interest from artists who want to take part and all of those who are taking part are from Newham as that was one of the requirements.”

During the trail, many of the artists will also be organising workshops for people to learn about art.

Residents will also be able to take part in question and answer sessions to enable people to learn more about the artists and to pick up tips for their own work.

“The whole idea behind the event is to bring the community together by getting as many people involved in the trail as we can.

“It’s a really great initiative for Forest Gate and nextyear we’re hoping to involve more local businesses and residents.”

The event has been organised by the Forest Gate Community Neighbourhood Team, which is one of eight teams established by Newham Council to bring communities together through activities.

Children from local schools will be displaying their work alongside illustrators, painters, life drawers, photographers, ceramic artists, card makers, jewellery designers, and sculptures, designers, historians, knitters, wax modellers and singers.

Among the venues on the trail are the Forest Gate Community Neighbourhood Centre, St Marks Church, Durning Hall, West Ham Park, Woodgrange Baptist Church and Forest Gate Police Station.

Councillor Ken Clark, cabinet member for building communities, public affairs, regeneration and planning said: “Our community neighbourhood teams are all about inspiring people to take pride and get more involved in their local areas.

“There are few things more inspiring than showcasing some of the fantastic creative talent within our own communities. That is why the Forest Gate Arts Trail is such a fantastic initiative and I truly hope it becomes an annual event.

“With so much on offer the trail definitely has something for all interests. Who knows it may just encourage someone to take up a new art and become the next internationally renowned person in their field.”

Visitors can pick up a map for the trail from The Gate library. For more information contact 020 33730856.

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