Swifts over Walthamstow Monday 19/02/18

Ethel and Swift photo


Swifts over Walthamstow is a series of projects set up by the community to welcome the Wetlands as centre of environmental awareness, understanding and connection.

The project has been funded by a host of local organisations, including the St James Street Big Local. It has three main elements, all being exhibited together for the first time from 6th March until 14th April at the Mill Community Centre, Coppermill Lane.

The Urban Swifts knitted project

Initiated and developed by residents local to the Wetlands at Waterside, designed and led by textile artist Deirdre Nelson, a collection of swifts was knitted by the community of knitters at The Mill. This project has landed back at the Mill before flying on to care homes across the borough.

300 pictures of the 1000Swifts trail

The 1000Swifts trail featured a multitude of artworks based on the Swift. The  project developed from Urban Swifts and spread across Walthamstow linking 3,100 makers in the community with the plight of the urban Swift.  This is the first time photographs of many of the Swifts are being displayed. Come and see if your Swift is amongst them.

The launch of Deirdre Nelson’s caravan

The caravan is an exhibition by international textile artist Deirdre Nelson of her Wetland residency last summer – a collection of caravan textiles inspired by the species of the Walthamstow Wetlands and her time in Walthamstow. The caravan will be parked outside the Mill for the duration of the exhibition and open for tea at specific times before touring across the borough.

Prior to the March launch, on 24th February, Swifts will be displayed on the threatened trees in the town square as an act of protection.  Bring your swifts and attach them to the trees.

Then, on March 26th, Stow Brothers in Hoe Street will display a second exhibition of the 1000Swift photographs.

Please come and join us as we celebrate Swifts over Walthamstow in time for their arrival at the end of April.