East London: Weekend Art and Nature Walks – download your activity pack today.
If you’re anything like us, you’ve been doing the same Stratford walking routes over the past couple of months. You’ve walked (or cycled) past the same landmark, the same tree, the same rock, time and time again.
Now’s the time to try something a bit different. The Line is a public art walk connecting The O2 and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and following the line of the Greenwich Meridian along the waterways of East London, where you can explore art, nature and heritage.
This year, The Line is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the extension of its route to go through part of Lendlease’s International Quarter, London in the East End of London. Located at the heart of Europe’s largest urban regeneration in Stratford, the project will deliver four million sq. ft. of Grade ‘A’ office space, new homes and community facilities within a 22-acre (c.9 hectare) site.
The art works act as motivation to get people visiting this under-used stretch of East London’s waterways. Visitors will (re)discover the fascinating stories and wildlife on their doorsteps while checking out new museum quality art works by artists including Thomas J Price, Laura Ford and Antony Gormley, which they’d normally only get to see in a gallery.
The outdoor exhibition programme illuminates an inspiring landscape where everyone can explore art, nature and heritage for free. It’s a great way for families to spend time together in the open air and experience culture, local heritage and get conversations going across the generations. From pre-schoolers to grandparents, everyone will have an opinion on what they see and what it means to them.
As well as discovering The Line in-person and online, the team behind the creative exploration have also created a free activity pack that can be used alongside the walk or at home. The pack has been produced and inspired by the artists such as Anish Kapoor, Alex Chinneck and Abigail Fallis, whose art can all be viewed while on The Line. It offers prompts and resources for creating your own works of art with materials commonly found around the home.
You can also check out The House of Fairy Tales – Walk The Line booklet for inspirational ideas and tales to accompany your visit, or for fun at home with the little ones. Follow The Line on social media @TheLineLondon for news of new artworks later in 2020 and into 2021.
Find out more about The Line here.