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Grandad’s Island: from Page to Pavement

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Bringing art to every corner of Waltham Forest

Grandad’s Island: from Page to Pavement is inspired by local author and illustrator Benji Davies’ award winning picture book Grandad’s Island. We are inviting artists, makers and residents from across Waltham Forest to co-create a multi art-form story trail for our streets, parks, community spaces and libraries.

Already translated into 35 languages, Grandad’s Island reflects the wonderful diversity of our borough. The book itself speaks of so many things that affect families, communities and individuals including migration, linking generations, love and loss, ecology and travel.

These themes are being celebrated by a number of our project partners including Once Upon a Time at the Bulgarian Book Cafe, Asian seniors translating the book into Urdu, and the opportunity to experience the multi lingual voices of the borough in The Mill’s Babel Project which is a story sharing of the book in many of its translations.

Artillery are inviting artists and residents from all corners of the borough to create a story-trail that translates the colour, movement, sound and feeling of Benji Davies’ book to life throughout October 2019 with a spectacular and free finale taking place in Langthorne Park from noon to dusk on Sunday 13 October 2019.

The Programme

4-13 October 2019, Creative workshops & exhibitions

Events are taking place from 4-13 October 2019 and include creative workshops and exhibitions. There will be opportunities to hear the author-illustrator Benji Daves read from the book including for The Babel Project at The Mill on Sunday 6 October 2019,  2.30 – 4.30pm. The Babel Project is a multi-lingual story telling to celebrate the many nationalities that come together at The Mill.

Book reading

Benji will also be reading from his book at Higham Hill Library on Saturday 5 October 2019 from 10.30 – 11.30 and at the finale event in Langthorne Park on Sunday 13 October 2019.

Discover exhibitions and workshops near you and join us in bringing the story to life.

Full listings

  • See a full list of exhibitions or events on the website
  • Download a PDF details of all events and activities
  • Pick up a copy of the listings from libraries and venues throughout the borough

Artist Commissions

Grandad’s Island: from Page to Pavement will deliver a number of hyper-local neighbourhood and schools commissions, working with Artillery associate artists and residents to co-create work relating to the themes of the book.  Commissions include: a Sound Symphony created by pupils at Willow Brook and Riverley Primary Schools led by artist Helen Maurer, a Story Den crafted by artist Jane Frost with residents of Wood Street, and Grandad’s Shed, a micro-cinema screening films created by Alexandra McKenzie with young people in Leyton Manor Park.

Grandad’s Island: from Page to Pavement is inspired by local author and illustrator Benji Davies’ award winning picture book Grandad’s Island. We are inviting artists, makers and residents from across Waltham Forest to co-create a multi art-form story trail for our streets, parks, community spaces and libraries.

Already translated into 35 languages, Grandad’s Island reflects the wonderful diversity of our borough. The book itself speaks of so many things that affect families, communities and individuals including migration, linking generations, love and loss, ecology and travel.

These themes are being celebrated by a number of our project partners including Once Upon a Time at the Bulgarian Book Cafe, Asian seniors translating the book into Urdu, and the opportunity to experience the multi lingual voices of the borough in The Mill’s Babel Project which is a story sharing of the book in many of its translations.

Artillery are inviting artists and residents from all corners of the borough to create a story-trail that translates the colour, movement, sound and feeling of Benji Davies’ book to life throughout October 2019 with a spectacular and free finale taking place in Langthorne Park from noon to dusk on Sunday 13 October 2019.

The Programme

4-13 October 2019, Creative workshops & exhibitions

Events are taking place from 4-13 October 2019 and include creative workshops and exhibitions. There will be opportunities to hear the author-illustrator Benji Daves read from the book including for The Babel Project at The Mill on Sunday 6 October 2019,  2.30 – 4.30pm. The Babel Project is a multi-lingual story telling to celebrate the many nationalities that come together at The Mill.

Book reading

Benji will also be reading from his book at Higham Hill Library on Saturday 5 October 2019 from 10.30 – 11.30 and at the finale event in Langthorne Park on Sunday 13 October 2019.

Discover exhibitions and workshops near you and join us in bringing the story to life.

Full listings

  • See a full list of exhibitions or events on the website
  • Download a PDF details of all events and activities
  • Pick up a copy of the listings from libraries and venues throughout the borough

Land Ahoy!
Free Family Fun Day

Sunday 13 October 2019, 12 – 6pm
Langthorne Park, Leytonstone E11 4JT

Parent and young people making paper birds

Step ashore on to Grandad’s Island in Langthorne Park for an afternoon of activities for the whole family.

  • Listen to the Sound Symphony created by pupils at Willow Brook and Riverley Primary Schools led by artist Helen Maurer.
  • Settle down in the Story Den crafted by Jane Frost and residents of Wood Street.
  • Step inside Grandad’s Shed built by Alex and the students of Leyton Manor Park.
  • Inspired by the illustrations in Benji’s book Suntrap will bring some non-native animals aplenty for you to meet and greet including hissing cockroaches!

Creative Workshops & Activities

There will be the chance to get creative with activities around the park throughout the afternoon.

  • Join in on a Tree Treasure Hunt with Poppy Flint
  • Go pond dipping with The Conservation Volunteers
  • Write letters to loved ones with Scribble and Smudge
  • Craft your own nautical hats
  • Join Louise Weir who will lead drawing workshops to capture the flora and fauna of the park.

Performances

Author Benji Davies will be reading from his book Grandad’s Island and residents from Waltham Forest will be reading the book in some of the many languages from our neighbourhoods based on The Babel Project created by The Mill.

Pupils from Downsell Primary School will treat us to a dance performance choreographed with Fantasy Flow.

We’ll have our own choir of Grandad’s as the Three Valleys Male Voice Choir.

See the bird population of the park grow as artist Del Taylor  leads us on a procession in the park made up of giant bird puppets created by William Morris Ward residents.

There’ll be something for everyone on Grandad’s Island in Langthorne Park and we look forward to seeing you there.

Your Chance to Win

Let Your Imagination Take Flight! Move it, Make it, Sing it, Write it …

We’d like everyone from across the borough to take inspiration from Benji Davies’ picture book. This is an invitation for residents of all ages to get creative and bring the story to life. There are many ways to get involved and you could win a signed limited edition print by Benji Davies.

How to Enter

Share your entries with us on Instagram @artilleryarts #GrandadsIsland or email it to events@artillery.org.uk

  • Display: create a tropical wilderness, voyage, flight or family portrait to display in your window, on your porch, in your garden
  • Airmail: write a letter to a distant relative, friend or lost one
  • Compose: get musical and write, perform and sing your own sea shanty
  • Dance: choreograph your own version of a sailor’s hornpipe
  • Let your imagination soar: create your own story inspired by the book.

Benji Davies and the team at Artillery will pick the best entry to win the prize of a limited edition print.

Closing date: 5pm on Monday 14 October 2019

From page to Pavement is supported by BDS, Simon & Schuster, Benji Davies, William Morris Big Local, The Stow Brothers & Near Neighbours

From Page to Pavement News & Events

Calendar of Events: From Page to Pavement

Full listing of all the events and ways your can participate

Exhibitions: From Page to Pavement

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