Invitation to explore Enfield inside and out.Explore Enfield’s remarkable architecture, art and landscapes during this year’s Open House Festival. For the first time, there will be a walking tour of the new public art work that has sprung up around the Fore Street area as a part of the wider Angel Edmonton Good Growth Fund supported by the Mayor of London and Enfield Council.Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Spaces, Culture & Local Economy, Cllr Chinelo Anyanwu said: “We are always delighted to take part in the Open House Festival and this year is no exception. I am excited that we are able to add something totally new to the agenda, with a fantastic tour of the new murals and sculptures around Fore Street and a trail inspired by the poem ‘Our River Lea’. This is an opportunity to explore how public art can reflect an area’s heritage and at the same time, its development and evolution.”The Fore Street tour includes murals created by five artists from the local area and further afield, each centred around engagement with the local community. The ‘Our River Lea’ poetry trail explores the significance and impact of the River Lea to life in Upper Edmonton through the memories of local poet Keith Mowatt. The poetry trail connects Fore Street with Meridian Water, which is the location of Enfield Council’s landmark regeneration scheme which will provide 10,000 homes and thousands of jobs for local people.Enfield Council has also created an outdoor exhibition called ‘Stories of Enfield’, which explores the cultural heritage of the borough. The ‘stories’ included the lost Tudor Palace of Elsyng, the exquisite 19th century Arts and Crafts windows of Christ Church Southgate, Bangladeshi migration to Enfield and the life of renowned Palmers Green poet Stevie Smith.
Other participating venues / events in Enfield:
Meridian Water Masterplan tour
All Saints Church, Edmonton
Forty Hall Vineyard open day and tour
A residence in Hedge Lane
Royal Small Arms Factory
King George V Pumping Station
Winchmore Hill Friends Meeting House and burial ground
Former Edmonton Girls’ Charity School
A self-guided tour of modernism in Oakwood
A guided tour of Enfield Town
Visit the Open House Festival calendar for further details, opening times and booking details where applicable. Open House runs from 8 to 21 September.
Open House Festival is an annual two week celebration of London featuring events, tours and open days of special buildings across all 33 London boroughs. The programme can be explored at https://programme.openhouse.org.uk/calendar
Fore Street Murals is part of the wider Angel Edmonton Good Growth Fund supported by the GLA and Enfield Council, and delivered by Jan Kattein Architects and local architects Fisher Cheng and delivered with Wood Street Walls.
The Fore Street Tour and Poetry Trail project is being delivered as a collaboration between local architects Fisher Cheng and residents group REACT, and was one of 13 projects to be successfully funded by the Stories of Enfield grant, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.