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.

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.

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