Wood Street Walls & William Morris Big Local launch Pick Your Pattern

Competition Launched to select pattern for William Morris mural next to award winning gallery in Walthamstow

Wood Street Walls & William Morris Big Local launch #pickyourpattern - a competition to vote on pattern of William Morris Mural portrait as part of the Walthamstow Garden Party.

Wood Street Walls and William Morris Big Local are asking Waltham Forest residents to vote on the pattern used within a William Morris Mural portrait to be voted on as part of the Walthamstow Garden Party,

Following on from a number of popular local murals painted over the past year, Wood Street Walls wanted to create a lasting artwork that gave residents a sense of ownership.

What originally started as an opportunity to celebrate the borough’s most famous artist & social activist, William Morris, changed through the involvement of HEET, a Walthamstow organisation that works with the elderly and those on low income to improve the energy efficiency of their home. Prior to the painting the gable end wall on Bedford Road that overlooks onto the William Morris Gallery car park, the home will be fully insulated - demonstrating that energy efficiency can be both "Useful & Beautiful".

The new mural will be painted by ATMA, a Blackhorse Road resident and a founding artist of Wood Street Walls.

To vote on the pattern, visit www.pickyourpattern.co.uk The online poll closes on on 1st August 2016.

For more information on William Morris Big Local, please contact Gabriel Edwards, Development Worker William Morris Big Local devwmbl@gmail.com.

"Two of the aims of the William Morris Big Local are encouraging different generations to work together and community cohesion. We hope offering residents a chance to participate in such a public piece of art will really appeal and encourage all our residents to visit the WM Big Local website to find out more about what we can achieve." Chrys Christy, Chair of William Morris Big Local
"“When Wood St Walls approached us we knew we wanted to be involved as the Walthamstow Garden Party is such a popular event, the fact it’s through artwork is exciting for us as it’s completely different method to engage people but demonstrates that energy efficiency doesn't have to be dull.”" Tom Ruxton, founder of HEET
"We are delighted to be able to work on this project to pay respect to such an inspirational figure not just the to the borough but the Arts & Crafts movement in general. Partnering with local organisations such as HEET, who have been amazing to secure this grant and William Morris Big Local who's aims are to build a strong social legacy for their 10 year project, really demonstrates the sense of community and collaboration in the area." Mark Clack, co-founder of Wood Street Walls
"The Walthamstow Garden Party always makes for a wonderful community celebration, and the creation of this new William Morris portrait is an added attraction to what is already a fantastic line-up of entertainment. It’s great to see local artists and organisations uniting for this exciting project and I’m looking forward to seeing which design residents choose." Cllr Chris Robbins, Leader of Waltham Forest Council
"We launched our first community led mural at the Walthamstow Garden Party last year, so it’s fitting to be back again only this time people will see be able to select their choice online and in person, with the bonus to be able to have a visual legacy after the event finishes." Tom Jackson, co-founder of Wood Street Walls
About Wood Street Walls

Wood Street Walls has three main goals as an organisation:

1. To bring public art to our area of East London for residents and visitors to enjoy, to encourage greater footfall and custom to local business. We have looked to other successful initiatives over the pond such as Wynwood Walll

2. To provide free periodic workshops for the charities, school children and beyond - to build a connection between the artistic and local community and help develop grow new talent for the next generation of artists.

3. Our final and biggest goal of our project is the establishing of a new creative hub for the area: Wood Street Studios, by repurposing a disused and derelict building in the area. According to a study commissioned by the Mayor of London, in 5 years over 30% of the current 14,000 artists in London will no longer have a place to call their own due to rising rents and land being developed by residential housing.