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Walthamstow Garden Party

Walthamstow Garden Party

Artillery have collaborated with producers Create and Barbican over the six years of this free weekend programme of music, theatre, dance, arts crafts and food. Each year Artillery has been invited to curate the moated island in Lloyd Park behind the award winning William Morris Gallery. In 2019, Artillery launched their latest project Grandad’s Island: from Page to Pavement at this event by creating “Grandad’s Island” inspired by the picture book of that name by local author illustrator Benji Davies. Over the weekend Artillery welcomed more than 6,000 visitors as audiences and participants in creative activities to launch this project.

Highlights included: 

  • The Magic Carpet, first piloted at the Walthamstow Garden Party 2014, Zarah Hussain’s large-scale outdoor art commission has since been adapted to accompany Transcender festival performances on the Barbican stage.
  • A literature space with spoken word, poetry, storytelling and comedy with local writers including Rob Auton, Joelle Taylor and Forest Poets
  • A mouth-watering Appetite Marketplace showcasing local artisan food and drink producers challenging the convention that stories, memoirs and chronicles are spoken or written.
  • The first edition of the Waltham Forest Summer Produce Show, open to all Waltham Forest residents, an apt follow up to Cultivate: Waltham Forest’s Urban Food Growing Festival.

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