Our client London Borough of Waltham Forest has been named the Mayor's inaugural London Borough of Culture for 2019 - the announcement follows a six-month bidding process, which saw 22 boroughs submit proposals. This outer London borough has shown strong leadership in recent years, putting culture at the heart of its growth agenda. We are proud to be working with them on masterplans for regeneration around Lea Bridge Station
Waltham Forest’s bid promises a year of exciting cultural activity across the outer London borough, and has an ambitious target of getting 85 per cent of households to participate, attracting half a million visits.
More than 12,000 local people backed Waltham Forest’s submission from across the borough’s diverse communities. Drawing on this diversity was a key strength of Waltham Forest’s bid.
Activity is planned from Walthamstow to Epping Forest, Chingford to Leytonstone in a borough-wide celebration of culture, which will capture the attention of the whole city. Stand-out projects include a digital installation called ‘Molecules in the Marshes’ on Walthamstow Marshes developed by local artist Zarah Hussain, involving every school in the borough, plans for a fashion exchange highlighting stories about the heritage of Pakistani makers in the textile trade, and, building on the radical traditions of William Morris (leader of the British Arts and Crafts movement), artist Bob and Roberta Smith will write a new culture manifesto for the future.
Waltham Forest was praised for its compelling artistic vision and commitment to growing its emerging cultural economy, establishing itself as a leading cultural borough.