Artist and curator Ed Webb-Ingall presents Direct! Action!, an exploration of Waltham Forest's rich history of community action and protest through a day of film screenings, discussions and workshops
The development of the M11 link road destroyed neighbourhoods and affected habitats that historically had been part of Epping Forest.
The protests against it remain as historical landmarks in local community action. As part of Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture there will be a day of screenings, discussions and workshops to investigate Waltham Forest’s rich history of community action and protest.
This will include a panel discussion tracing the efforts of Thomas Willingale in the 1800s, whose actions kickstarted the campaign that saved Epping Forest for the people of London, through to the M11 link road protests in the 1990s, documented by the revolutionary activist video group Undercurrents, and finally drawing links to similar, contemporary direct action protest movements.
Following this discussion, the audience will be invited to take part in a Direct Action workshop and take part in the production of a new video. The finished video will be shown as part of Art Night 2019.
Direct! Action!: Protest and The Forest is part of The People's Forest season - a series of events exploring our relationship with Epping Forest, interrogating the deep bond we have with forests and woodland, and how this relationship is culturally determined.
Image credit: Ed Webb Ingall