The Autumn Arts festival is underway
On a stroll through Wimbledon, bright and colourful out-of-the-ordinary objects might take you by surprise.
To mark the arrival of Love Wimbledon's Autumn Arts festival, Flying animals have been hung around town and the tree on the station forecourt has been painted a striking pink (and other colours).
Wimbledon College of Art student Naomi Bown was commissioned by Love Wimbledon to paint a dead tree (to be replaced in November in planting season) on Wimbledon Station forecourt to add some colour to the area and mark the beginning of an exciting month in Wimbledon town centre.
Love Wimbledon's Autumn Arts festival is taking place over three weekends in September, on the 13th & 14th, 20th & 21st, and 27th & 28th. In partnerships with Merton Arts Trail and Wimbledon Bookfest, it celebrates the great arts culture that Wimbledon Town Centre has to offer.
Throughout September, children can try their hand in spotting the flying animals, with the animal safari hunt in Wimbledon around town.
The animals were made by children and young people who attend The Art Club in Wimbledon. Animal Safari sheets can be found at the Love Wimbledon Information Desk in Centre Court Shopping Centre or from The Artshed on The Piazza.
A variety of fun arty activities, entertainment and demonstrations have been planned for the three weekends in September, taking place on The Piazza outside Morrisons and, the ArtShed is back hosting local artists and organisations.
Watch five leading street artists repaint the ‘Scents- u-all Love’ benches on The Piazza (Sun 14 Sept).
Spot Horrid Henry as he visits Wimbledon (Sun 28), make a mosaic with Workshop 305, dive into a treasure chest with Polka Theatre celebrating their Peter Pan production (20/21), help decorate book benches to go in the Library and Polka theatre with designer Dickie Wilkinson(27/28) or purchase art from the arts market (20/21), all on The Piazza.
Local businesses have also got involved in the fun with Centre Court Shopping Centre, Fielders Art Shop, the library, Odeon cinema and Wimbledon Library among those who are housing art or flying animals.
Other Wimbledon businesses have also participated and are displaying local artists work including Lidl headquarters, The Old Frizzle, All Bar One and YMCA.
A full schedule for the three weekends of free events can be found at www.lovewimbledon.org.
September 9, 2014