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Urban by Nature

Urban by Nature is a grassroots programme run as a  partnership between William Morris Big Local and Wood Street Walls CIC. Our aim is to create positive change in the area by engaging locals in the design and delivery of creative projects. 

The idea is to effect civic change through community activism, co-creation and partnership with local businesses. We believe that it can play a valuable role in improving local people’s lives, especially those who are missing out, or used to be creative and haven’t found ways back into it.

We started small and are growing programmes and collaborations as we go. If you are an individual, organisation or businesses and have a project idea or want to get involved drop us a line at

Current projects:

We are working with photographer Jack Barnes to extend his incredibly successful lockdown photography project to the William Morris and Wood Street Wards. Young, old, groups or individuals, would you like a portrait of you and your household? Please email or get in touch via Instagram with your name and full address. 

Mini Morris 
The Mini Morris Project aims to connect children who are currently stuck at home due to Covid-19 with the magnificent art and history of William Morris – a respected artist, designer, craftsman and writer who was born right here in Walthamstow. If you would like a Mini Morris please contact with your name and full address.  

London Design Festival – William Morris Design Line 
Taking place between 12 and 20 September 2020, the William Morris Design Line will connect Wood Street and Blackhorse Road, via Forest Road. Working with local partners, the Design Line will celebrate new and old Walthamstow design heritage, creating a route between the two areas where people will view current artwork and new pieces commissioned for the festival. 

Useful & Beautiful
The Useful & Beautiful Project will engage local residents this summer in creative work around the theme of their home and being at home both during lockdown and the transition out. If you are interested in participating please contact us at

Locus of Walthamstow 
We are supporting community-based organisation Locus of Walthamstow to programme and curate zines, events, exhibitions, talks and much more. Look out for these UBN supported events on their website and socials.

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