We headed out to Leytonstone during the week to check in with our friends at Wood Street Walls Project and to photography their latest project. Based in Wood Street, founder and local resident Mark Clack has been working for a number of months on this community art project with which he aims to brightening up the surrounding neighbourhoods by providing local and established artists with a platform to display their work. London based artists Malarky is the latest artist to team up with the Wood Street Walls Project creating this vibrant new 'Rents Too High' mural pictured here in Leytonstone.
Hookedblog have previous covered the project’s first piece of public art created back in November in the Ravenswood Industrial Estate, which featured the work of Tom Jackson and Craig Evans from WeLikeStatic, who also happen to be E17 residents (covered here). Further mural projects have seen Wood Street Walls work with stencil artist Teddy Baden, ATM and again with WeLikeStatic on their super sized ‘Game On’ mural (covered here). We have also covered the eye-poppingly colourful mural by The Toasters (covered here).
Wood Street Walls also plan to establish a new creative space for Wood Street's artist community. Mark has launched a crowd funding project which plans to raise funds to revive the disused Manual Instruction Centre building on Brooke Road E17, turning it into Wood Street Studios spaces. According to Mark “Waltham Forest only has 70 studios. In comparison the number in our neighbouring Borough of Hackney is 1124.” Alongside the much needed affordable studio space for artists in the area, they plan to host free monthly workshops for the local community to encourage the next generation of young artists in Waltham Forest and the surrounding area.
The crowd funding campaign has now gone live and you can show your support by donating to the project on their campaign website which includes all the details of the project.