I’m Zoë Robinson, Ethical Development Manager at Warren Evans. All of us here at Warren Evans are delighted to be the main sponsor of this year’s E17 Art Trail.
Warren Evans is a manufacturer and retailer of handmade, wooden beds, bedroom furniture and mattresses. We moved our workshop to Walthamstow in April 2007 as part of our mission to minimise our impact on the environment. We have found Walthamstow to be a diverse, vibrant and welcoming place to base our workshop and head office, and we employ local people. Warren started his business 30 years ago and has always been aware of the impact of his work, both on the environment and the local community. He has supported many local and national charities over the years including both Shelter and the Big Issue Foundation. In fact, the company gives away free beds and mattresses to re-housed Big Issue Vendors through The Big Issue Foundation. Warren is also supporting local women’s writing groups and schools.
We have also been very successful since we moved here, obtaining Forest Stewardship Council certification and winning eight environmental awards including The Sunday Times Best Green Companies Award three times and the Observer Ethical Award twice.
Here at Warren Evans we feel it is really important to engage with our local communities and to offer support to local projects. We feel that the Art Trail is a great fit for us as it is supporting local artists and promoting the incredible talents and diversity that Walthamstow has to offer. Many of the artists exhibiting their work may have found the idea of exhibiting overwhelming and a bit scary before the Art Trail came along. It really is amazing how people will shine, given the opportunity to show what they can do. The Art Trail is run by a team who are genuinely inspiring in their passion for what they do and can only go from strength to strength. Indeed, it has been growing every year and this year looks to be the best ever.
We wish everyone involved in the Art Trail lots of luck and success and we are really looking forward to seeing all the artists and their work.