Get Into The Grove at this year’s Walworth History Festival when, amongst a multitude of events, young people from 2Inspire will perform their Liverpool Grove inspired drama based on Ed Gray’s painting of the iconic Octavia Hill street.

A former resident of the Octavia Hill Conservation Area, Gray says ‘I was a school teacher at the time and I used to walk along Liverpool Grove on my way home. My painting is a celebration of the community I saw there’. The artist is famous for his many paintings of London and Londoners as they go about their daily business. A Southwark resident for many years he has focused much of his energy on life in the borough.

This year’s Walworth History Festival have used his 2007 painting of Liverpool Grove to inspire young people from 2InspireYouth to create drawings and paintings about Walworth. Ed ran an art session for members of the youth centre to explain his methods and approach and explore the work of artists that have inspired him. The art workshop looked at social change marked by the different examples of social housing in the area.

Young people from the group will also perform a piece of drama inspired by characters from Gray’s original painting.

Visitors to the any of the arts events, films and talks at this year’s festival will be able to to buy raffle tickets giving them the chance to win a framed limited edition print of Ed Gray’s Liverpool Grove.

2Inspire will perform their Liverpool Grove inspired drama on Monday October 14th at 6.30 pm.

More details about the Walworth History Festival can be found on the website: