Waltham Forest: London Borough of Culture 2019




Waltham Forest is the first ever London Borough of Culture. The award from the Mayor of London will ensure arts and culture is placed at the heart of our communities. The year will explore the theme Radicals, Makers and Fellowship in a collaboration between local residents, artists and creatives producing a once in a lifetime celebration of the place we call home.


68 artworks, 33 artists, 28 locations


In partnership with the Government Art Collection, Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 presents Ways of Seeing. Transforming the whole borough of Waltham Forest into an art gallery, Ways of Seeing will display the work of 33 internationally-known artists from the Government Art Collection in 28 unusual and unexpected venues across Chingford, Leyton, Leytonstone and Walthamstow from 24 April – 31 August.


Arts Minister Michael Ellis said:
“The Government Art Collection promotes the best of Britain to the world. The work on display in Waltham Forest has been chosen to reflect the diversity and creativity of the area. I am delighted that we can share these important cultural assets as we mark the first London Borough of Culture.”


What this means for GST?


Two of our East London schools, Willow Brook Primary and Lammas Secondary and Sixth Form, are delighted to announce that they are proud hosts to three prestigious artist’s work.


At Willow Brook you will find four Graham Sutherland prints from ‘The Bees’ portfolio and two etchings of ‘Birds of Prey’ by Dame Elisabeth Frink; both making links with Willow Brook’s school theme of ‘This Green and Pleasant Land?’.



Lammas is proud to host ‘Love’ by Bob and Roberta Smith, celebrating the Paralympic athletes who competed at the London 2012 games. This artwork reflects on our human characteristics essential in today’s world; courage, inspiration and love and we can draw associations between all the works and our very own Trust theme of ‘Green Planet: Protecting our World’.



We welcome you to join us and invite you to come and find new ways of seeing as you ponder the artwork in their new settings.


For a map of all the artworks across the borough please click here.