In the lead up to Waltham Forest becoming the first ever London Borough of Culture in 2019 we are celebrating the borough’s Cultural Stars with a new temporary art installation in central Walthamstow.

All of the stars were nominated by the local community for their contribution to the arts and culture scene.

The mural can be seen at 198 Hoe Street - the former site of the Grillstock restaurant – which is available to let and currently on the market. While awaiting a new tenant, Waltham Forest Council invited Mark Clack of Wood Street Walls to commission a window installation that celebrates our exceptional Cultural Stars, and inspires and excites passers-by about our year as London Borough of Culture in 2019. The final artwork was designed and created by HATCH (Dave Smith).

Among the stars are youth leaders and teachers, artists and volunteers, dancers and musicians, from all walks of life and from all parts of the borough –all of whom make a tangible difference to the lives of people living and working in Waltham Forest, as well as visitors.

Cllr Clare Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council, said: “Waltham Forest has an incredible heritage, and a fantastic cultural programme on the horizon for 2019. We want to thank the wonderful people here that make the borough such a vibrant and rich place, and to celebrate them at every opportunity.

“Our Cultural Stars show what is possible, and what a difference can be made, by their sheer determination, enthusiasm and hard work.  We are very proud of each and every one of them.

“It was the support of our Cultural Stars, and the pledges of nearly 15,000 residents and businesses, which helped Waltham Forest win first London Borough of Culture 2019.”

Mark Bagnall, Director of RAW Academy and Cultural Star, said: “Winning London Borough of Culture is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Waltham Forest to showcase a great secret about our community.  We have a rich pedigree of arts and culture already here to cement and announce to all of London and further afield”.

The new design is a vibrant addition to the original artworks which can be found around the borough’s neighbourhoods and town centres, created by local artists and creatives.

This news article was first published 17 August 2018