Five places to see interesting works of art in Redbridge
If you want to do a little exploring now that the days are longer and lockdown restrictions are easing, here are a few places you can find interesting artwork across Redbridge.
While Redbridge isn’t packed with museums like other boroughs, there are plenty of places to spot art of all kinds, if you know where to look.
Public art commissioned by the Council from Janice Mews and Kenneth More Road
Just outside the Kenneth More Theater are two major new works by street artists Dotmaster and Ben Eine.
The project was first envisioned by residents Tom and Rieko Vining, who manage the social media account @IlfordVillage to showcase the beauty of Ilford.
They worked with the board on commission from the artists, who previously worked with Banksy and exhibited their works around the world.
Not everyone is a fan of the project, but take a look for yourself and see what you think.
Space Studios Ilford opened in December 2019 and is part of the regeneration of downtown Ilford.
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The space has studios for 34 artists in Redbridge Town Hall and occasionally hosts public screenings.
It is temporarily closed due to the pandemic.
The Grade II listed mansion at Valentines Park features an ongoing display of artwork.
The exhibitions are free to the public and open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays, including public holidays.
The site of the former Bodgers department store, which closed in 2018 after 125 years in the same location, has attracted street performers ever since.
Before it was turned into an apartment tower, it saw its share of interesting artwork.
In June 2020, it was the site of a Black Lives Matter fresco; there was some upheaval when it was repainted.
It often features interesting artwork, but be sure to check it out before it goes missing!
The Redbridge Museum, located in the Central Library, is currently closed for a major renovation but is expected to reopen in 2022.
It contains stories of people who have lived and worked in Redbridge since 1940, as well as photos and a history of what the area looked like in the 1800s and how the area has developed over time.