BDS is Platinum sponsor for London-based arts organisation, Artillery, in a landmark initiative that forms part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest’s year as inaugural London Borough of Culture.

“From Page to Pavement” is a collaborative project that aims to work with 11,000 borough residents and takes inspiration from Walthamstow-based Benji Davies whose book "Grandad's Island" (pub. Simon & Schuster) has been translated into more than 30 languages including Polish, Lithuanian, Turkish, Chinese, Hindi, Swedish and Turkish - a scope which mirrors the diversity and rich cultural heritage of the London borough.

“Our aim is to take a sideways glimpse from our everyday routes to work and school into a parallel universe full of stories and possibilities linking generations and cultures,” says Laura Kerry, Director at Artillery. “BDS is our perfect fit as sponsor because of its previous association with the borough and its all-important role with libraries which will provide the hubs for this project’s development in the community.”

BDS sponsorship will help enable associate artists and workshop facilitators to draw inspiration from the environment and urban ecology. They will work with adults and children to devise a six-month creative programme with a spectacular finale. The project will also work in association with London College of Fashion and Organiclea.

“BDS is delighted to re-establish its links with the London Borough of Waltham Forest,” says Lesley Whyte. “In 2013 we supported its Words Over Waltham Forest Festival; now the borough has the honour of being selected by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as the first ever London Borough of Culture. We are happy to be on-board with this incredibly ambitious project that ties residents, libraries and authors into a creative parcel for everyone to enjoy.”

Find out more about Waltham Forest as London Borough of Culture at wfculture19.co.uk/
Find out more about Artllery and the E17 Art Trail at www.artillery.org.uk