Local artists and craft-makers open their doors
For the fifth year, the Merton Arts Trail showcases the diversity of artistic talent in the borough, including many in and around Wimbledon.
More than 100 artists and craft makers will throw open their doors to the public on 19, 20 and 26, 27 September and show their artworks from homes, studios, local businesses and galleries, in 60 venues around Merton.
Venues range from a 900-year-old church to a hairdressing salon to a WC.
Thirty new artists are showing on the Arts Trail and many are including demonstrations for the first time during their Artists' Open House event.
A host of free activities for adults and children to encourage them to Get Creative and have a go at arts and crafts are on offer around the borough during September, including a launch weekend on 12 and 13 September.
As a special fifth year a celebration, the Merton Arts Trail has linked up with the National Trust at Morden Hall Park to present a vibrant show of local artists in the Stables Yard Gallery, including some of the best of Merton’s Young Artists.
St Mary's Church in Church Path, Merton Park, will have an "In the Spirit of Place" exhibition by local artists featuring ceramics, stained glass, photography, printmaking, metalwork, and paper, displayed around the church and in the churchyard.
The Arts Trail's new director Linda O’Hara said: "The Artists' Open House events have helped foster an artistic community in Merton in these last five years. It's also a great opportunity for Merton people to get to know their creative neighbours and this year we've added lots of activities for the public to Have a Go themselves and discover their inner artist. It will be inspirational."
The Arts Trail catalogue with the full programme is available from local libraries, Fielders, Love Wimbledon Information Desk in Centre Court and The Craft Gallery at Merton Abbey Mills.
An interactive digital catalogue and map can be downloaded from www.mertonartstrail.org Plan your own Trail using the catalogue, map and website.
September 9, 2015