WALTHAMSTOW STREET ART COLLECTIVE LAUNCH FIRST EVER ‘PAINT YOURLONDON’ EVENT
· Coordinated street art festival is a part of Mayor of London’s “Find Your London” festival
· Street art collective Wood Street Walls have recruited world renowned street artists Maser, Inkie &
Remi Rough to be part of month long project
· Artists will host coordinated painting across Walthamstow, Leytonstone, Leyton & Chingford to
transform buildings into colourful works of art
Walthamstow based street art collective Wood Street Walls will this week launch the first ever ‘Paint Your London’ event. Bringing together some of London and the world’s best street artists, the month long event will transform bland and dreary buildings across Waltham Forest into colourful works of art.
Part of the Mayor of London’s 11 day festival “Find Your London” , which celebrates London’s outdoor spaces, Paint Your London, with primary sponsors Fermax , Skyjack & Star Platforms launches on 18th March with Wood Street Walls hosting coordinated painting across Waltham Forest to create maximum impact.
A first of its kind event, during the weekend of 18th March 15 artists will be painting multiple locations, giving residents and visitors the chance to spend the weekend watching the buildings & unloved bland walls come to life through public art. Other street artists taking part in Paint your London over the coming month include world renowned Maser, who will be using the disused music venue The Standard on Blackhorse Road as his canvas, wallpapering the entire building on 11th April, as well as
street art & grafitti legend and Walthamstow resident Shok1 who will be painting at the Bell Pub on Forest Road, E17. See schedule here http://www.paintyourlondon.co.uk/locations2/, with more walls and venues being added daily:
Paint Your London is part of Wood Street Walls mission to raise awareness of London’s need for more affordable artist workspace, something which is severely lacking with 35,000 graduates from Art and Design Colleges every year. According to the Mayor of London’s 2014 Artist Workspace Study London is set to lose 3,500 creative workspaces by 2020, that equates to a third of the city’s creative space.
This is largely down to a need to address the city’s housing crisis, rising rents and redevelopment of areas such as Hackney Wick which were once seen as run down and unappealing areas.
Wood Street Walls a collective of artists and professionals based in East London formed in 2014 by Mark Clack & Tom Jackson in response to report findings that highlighted the poor provision in the borough of Waltham Forest.
To highlight the demand for creative space the group has painted mo re than 15 pieces of public art across Waltham Forest by a wide range of artists including the internationally acclaimed Conor Harrington and Phlegm, as well as prominent local artists such as Mark McClure, ATMA and STATIC who themselves are pushed to work in other boroughs due to the lack of affordable studio space.
Limited creative space is a global issue so Wood Street Walls looked to the methods applied in New York and Berlin to tackle it and successfully launched a crowdfunding campaign raising over £38,000 (securing an £18,000 grant from the Mayor of London High Street Fund) to adapt an unoccupied, Council owned building into a sustainable creative hub.
Marcus Willcocks, Research Fellow at Design Against Crime Research Centre (DACRC) and the Socially Responsive Design and Innovation Hub at Central Saint Martins: “Perceptions of urban arts and urban creativity are changing. Commissioned, facilitated and self initiated works of many kinds no longer act as indicators of degeneration but are seen to provide huge benefits to the social fabric of an area. The team at Wood Street Walls are clearly demonstrating how different forms street art and urban creativity can help galvanise a community and develop distinct local identity, in addition to showing how design led practices can help handle anti social challenges, reduce stigmas and promote healthy exchange of ideas through visual practice as well as well as verbal.”
Wood Street Walls www.woodstreetwalls.co.uk
Paint Your London www.paintyourlondon.co.uk
London Festival Find Your London https://www.london.gov.uk/events/20160318/findyourLondon
Artist Workspace Study 2014
Design Against Crime http://www.designagainstcrime.com/
Star Platforms https://starplatforms.co.uk/
Skyjack 30 for 30 Campaign http://skyjack.com/global