Time For Artists To Apply To Merton Arts Trail

Annual art event will be bigger than ever

Merton Arts Trail, the annual Open House event which aims to transform the borough's artistic profile, is open for submissions from artists who would like to take part in this year's event.

During the last two weekends in September, emerging and established artists are given the opportunity to exhibit and sell their latest work in homes, studios, galleries and shops.


Visitors to Merton Arts Trail can create a personalised experience, by using a map and catalogue to direct them to participating venues where they can meet with the artists and discuss their work. 

All exhibitions are free and artists benefit 100% from any sales. Merton Arts Trail, which was launched in 2010 by local arts enthusiasts Wendy Bliss and Chrissie Craig, has more than doubled in size since its inception. Last year it featured 140 artists.

Chrissie Craig, co-founder of Merton Arts Trail, said: "This year is expected to be Merton Arts Trail's biggest yet, and we are encouraging artists to sign up now to be included in our catalogue.

"Artists should consider who they want to exhibit with, and start conversations with local venues about hosting. Merton is a big place, and artists should think about where they want to exhibit – quirky shops, churches, offices, underused buildings – the more creative the better! We were overwhelmed by the feedback from last year’s Trail. Let's aim to make 2014 even bigger and bolder."

Merton Arts Trail 2014 will take place on September 20, 21, 27 and 28. This year's event will include a "Hub" in central Wimbledon where artists, friends and visitors will be able to meet, network and get a taster of the art that will be on display during the festival.    

Artists who want to be considered for inclusion in the Merton Arts Trail's 2014 catalogue need to apply by April 30. Please visit www.mertonartstrail.org.uk  for more details.

February 19, 2014