Following in the footsteps of William Morris' seminal utopian science fiction writing "News From Nowhere", four local artists create speculations and writings about the future of Waltham Forest.
The Forest of the Future? exhibition will show paintings, screenprints, illustrations and digital artwork based on local history, trend analysis and technology forecasts. The results are fantastical imaginations of what the streets of Waltham Forest could look like. They are sometimes utopian, sometimes dystopian, often oscillating between the two and always provocative.
Cat Drew, an exhibiting artist and BBC Radio 4 presenter, said “The aim is to stimulate thinking and talking about our future. Viewers may like the futuristic depictions we have created or find them uneasy - but most important is to talk about the future and what we want from it. Only then can we collectively shape the borough together, as William Morris said, in fellowship.”