Trail turns 10

This year is the tenth Leytonstone Arts Trail and we’re featuring the work of over 100 artists in more than 30 locations as a huge range of venues transform into temporary galleries.

Started by a small group in 2007, the Trail has grown to be an annual fixture in the local calendar.  Entirely self-funded and run by volunteers, our egalitarian entry criteria attract a diverse range of artists from hobbyists to professionals and ages from primary school to pensioners.

This year, cafes, pubs, churches, a number of homes and even a garden shed within the borders of the ‘Stone will again host artworks in all media, with a diverse range of visual arts events running throughout the nine days.

This year, two large clusters of Trail locations are at the top of the High Road, making an ideal walk from the Quakers Meeting House via the North Star down to Leytonstone’s “Art Quarter” around Church Lane with venues including coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants.

Other locations are more spread out as the Trail stretches to the edge of its postcodes; Norlington Studios have multiple artists exhibiting and are recommended for anyone curious for a genuine studio experience.  A very pleasant afternoon is to be had on the Leyton borders, with exhibitions at the bohemian watering holes Leyton Technical and Northcote Arms as start and end points in a circular tour that takes in more Trail exhibitions along the newly chic Francis Road.

Trail events this year include live poetry, performance art, drop-in workshops and a tactile game about life; all are free or very minimal entrance charge.  Plan your own Tour, take in an event, invite your friends and soak up the atmosphere!

Come and join us in celebrating and enjoying the visual diversity Leytonstone has to offer – devise your own Trail routes using the live map on this site or Trail Guide (both due in mid-June).