Happyland is the perfect title for fabulous Marie‘s bright and bonkers exhibition, and probably the whole of Walthamstow at the moment.

Happyland at Walthamstow Wine

Happyland at Walthamstow Wine

With the recent reopening of the newly expanded and renovated William Morris Gallery in the Victorian socialist designer’s childhood home The Water House, the neighbourhood is bustling with visitors, artists, craftspeople and of course, The E17 Art Trail.

Now in it’s 8th year, the 10-day festival connects the community with local creatives working in every medium imaginable, exhibiting in every corner of the ‘Stow, from shop windows to alleyways, cafes and pubs to rooftops and trees, churches and schools, and council-run museums and galleries.

Marie does excellent work exploring, inspiring and showcasing the artwork of mental health service users at Mental Spaghetti. Her recent collaboration with Belly Kids resulted in the amazing success of the Thrill Murray colouring book.

Happyland is a psychedelic pick ‘n mix of circus imagery, rummaged antiques, found objects and swirling pen & ink portraits.

Happyland private view

Happyland private view

Masks, museum boxes and Toby jugs line windowsills and vintage trunks. And if that isn’t enough to wet your whistle, it’s hosted at the Walthamstow Wine Club, hidden away above a car mechanic’s workshop. It is captivating and jarring, and quite, quite brilliant, and you absolutely must see it.

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