Studio 3 Arts Secure Neighbourhood Art Comission
Studio3Arts have secured a Neighbourhood Arts Commission, which will enable them to give residents across the borough a chance to explore their artistic sides through interactive projects.
The exciting new arts project is going to be rolled out in Leytonstone, Leyton and Chingford.
Studio3Arts, is preparing to conduct an arts-based audit – asking questions like ‘who is creative in this place?’ and ‘how is creativity defined here?’. The organisation hopes that its questions will challenge the existing notion of who is an artist and who makes art – looking at creative professionals like bakers, nail technicians, gardeners and hairdressers as artists.
Community engagement will take the form of panel discussions, workshops and pop-ups in public spaces – and Studio3Arts aims to offer training and development for local groups and individuals to further their creative skills.
Liza Vallance, Artistic Director at Studio3Arts, said: “We’re really excited to start our work in Leyton and Leytonstone. Over the next two years we'll be undertaking a 'creativity audit' – finding out where, what, how and why creativity happens in these areas.
“There'll be exhibitions in unusual spaces, the uncovering of 'hidden' artists and a real celebration of culture and creativity. We're raring to go.”
Council Leader Chris Robbins shared this excitement, saying: “Arts and culture are at the heart of the work we are doing now and in the future to make Waltham Forest an even better place to live.
“As a Council we believe these are not just things that are nice to have, but are essential for bringing our communities together, raising aspirations and helping put our thriving arts and culture sector firmly on the map.”