Spotlight on Walthamstow


This year in London sees two well established cultural events collide. Here at Creativity and Wellbeing Week we are thrilled to be taking part in, or rather dipping a toe into the E17 Arts Trail.

From international names like Grayson Perry to legions of locally known artists, printmakers, designers and craftspeople, Walthamstow has nurtured a lively arts scene for decades. This year Waltham Forest became the first London Borough of culture. The year long festival is exploring the theme Radicals, Makers and Fellowship.

It feels appropriate that we are holding one of our core Creativity and Wellbeing events, Artists Practicing well in the area, and we are pleased to see several other events popping up.  If you are coming to events in the area, then why not make the most of it? Please see listings for full information. Here are some other suggestions.

E17 Art Trail: Wonder! of Art & Science

1-16 June, various locations

The E17 Art Trail is a biennial festival that makes visible the exceptional and the everyday creativity happening in Walthamstow. 8,500 people are creating the festival's 400 exhibitions and events this year. Devising, planning, creating and hosting together builds trust and connections between neighbours. Mobilising creativity in neighbourhoods mobilises wellbeing in neighbourhoods.

Blood & Mud - Malaria bites the dirt!

Come and see a Purple Pots story of malaria prevention, transmission and life cycle in clay. Building bridges towards eradication.

If you are inspired by clay then café Craftworks gives you a chance to have a go yourself. They have pottery and plenty of other craft workshops for adults and kids. You can also grab a toastie and a craft beer while you take part.

Be on my right side

Be on my right side is a short play, based on a Self-identity theme and revolves around one main female character with two different sides to her.

Location, Ye Olde Rose and Crown hosts exhibitions during the Arts Trail so grab a drink (and a bite to eat from the pop-up food stall outside). Or Walthamstow has a LOT of pizza on offer.

Movement of Colour

This yoga class, with a difference will submerse you into this photography exhibition which focuses on spiritual power in the human body exploring mindfulness and self-reflection.

This is being held on the Ravenswood Industrial Estate, which now has two breweries, a gin palace and Gods Own Junkyard; a paradise of neon lights and vintage signs.

Make and Create E17 - Creative Workshop

Make and Create project boxes contain art materials and hand illustrated instructions, which allow attendees to complete a creative project of their choosing. The projects are designed to invoke a feeling of calmness and joy and encourage creativity to help mental health projects.  

This venue is a short walk away from the William Morris Gallery displaying the life and work of the radical Victorian designer, craftsman and campaigner. If it’s warm, picnic in Lloyds park or head to local vegetarian restaurant Buhler and Co.

Walthamstow Wetlands Archipelago

Archipelago brings together artists working in different geographical locations, to collaborate in synchronised events. This project will focus on nine connected islands at the Wetlands which will feed into a final exhibition.  

The Wetlands is Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve and is a total haven in the middle of the city. Nearby is Blackhorse Lane, a semi-industrial stretch now home to lots of small workshops and studios, making anything from kitchen units to jeans.


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