Getting Smelly In Wimbledon's ArtShed

A food-related Homer Simpson created!

Isabelle Southwood, the upcoming local artist whose works include 'The Stag' that stands on Wimbledon Station forecourt, took over Love Wimbledons ArtShed for a weekend.

Working with potent foods, Southwood painted with mustard, wasabi and pepper to create a large scale portrait of Homer Simpson on the walls of the ArtShed.

The vivid smells caused quite a stir and many visitors to the shed joined in the fun, painting with red cabbage dye, beetroot and ground turmeric. See the picture on the right.

The ArtShed is an initiative from Love Wimbledon, in partnership with Merton Arts Trail and Wimbledon Bookfest, and aims to bring arts experiences into the town centre. 

The workshop encouraged visitors to experience the limited palettes and materials that were available during ancient times.

Love Wimbledon Manager, Helen Clark Bell, said: "‘I was thrilled to see our community getting their 'hands dirty' creating vibrant, textual paintings in the heart of a bustling town centre".

The following weekend, scores of children joined the Mad Hatter's as Polka Theatre took over the ArtShed for three days of free arts and crafts activities themed around Polka shows, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Planet and Stuff.

Children were queuing up for the chance to create their own extravagant head piece with experienced Polka workshop leaders. Polka Theatre will be welcoming Alice, the March Hare, the Dormouse and of course the Mad Hatter himself to the Wimbledon venue this winter. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland opens 22 November 2013 and plays until 15 February 2014 for children aged 6+.

The weekend was packed with crafty, creative ‘make and do’ activities. As well as the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland themed hats, Polka Theatre also took over the ArtShed on Friday creating a whole menagerie of animals out of recycled materials to celebrate their climate change themed production that opened on 27 September, The Planet and Stuff.

Other highlights of the ArtShed weekend included a special guest visit from ‘The Gruffalo’ who came along to enjoy the fun after his visit to the local Waterstones Bookshop.

To see the ArtShed's full event programme visit

October 4, 2013