Discover art, discover Merton
Wimbledon, London [12/July/2017]
Over two weekends, 16-17 and 23-24 September 2017, artists in the London borough of Merton
will be opening their homes and studios to the public. Around seventy artists are taking part this
year in over thirty venues – making it easy to see, buy or commission all kinds of art, from
paintings to prints, ceramics to glass, and a host of other media. A fold-out map pinpointing the
artists' locations will help you make your own art journey around the borough from venue to venue
– whether on foot, by bike, bus, tram, tube or train. Copies of the map will be available from early
August in libraries in the borough, local art shops, framers and cafes, and this year the website
(www.mertonartsfestival.org) will feature an interactive map.
In addition, the Festival features several group exhibitions on the theme of ‘Reflection &
Transformation.’ Local artists have taken the theme and interpreted it in many ways, in a
fascinating variety of media. These curated shows will run at Merton Arts Space (Compton Road,
SW19 7NB), the Garden Pavilion in South Park Gardens (off Trinity Road, SW19), Holy Trinity
Church, (234 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB), and the Craft Gallery at Merton Abbey Mills
New this year – several architectural highlights of the borough will be opening their doors to the
public. Worth a visit in their own right, the following venues are also hosting art exhibitions, most
along the Reflection & Transformation theme.
Baitul Futuh Mosque, 181 London Road, Morden SM4 5PT.
Elliott Wood, 241 The Broadway, SW19 1SD.
St Mark’s Church, St Mark’s Place, SW19 7ND.
Wimbledon College of Arts, Merton Hall Road, SW19
Wimbledon Windmill, Windmill Road, SW19 5NR.
There will also be talks on William Morris (among other subjects) and workshops for those who
want to try their hand at practical art.
For full details including opening times and the latest updates, from August onwards, check the
Notes to Editors:
The Festival organisers are: Ben Nicolas, an artist who creates large organic ceramic sculptures
and landscape paintings. Wendy McTernan’s background is in graphic design and
communications. Claire Morgan has worked in the civil service and as a fundraiser in a number of
charities, while making art in a variety of media. Philip Copestake is a painter and printmaker.
Wendy Bliss, co-founder of the Merton Arts Trail, is a ual Wimbledon graduate whose work deals
with fashion design, in drawing, paint and textiles.
Contacts: Wendy Bliss
Friday 15th of September, 2017
12:00 AM - 5:30 AM
London Borough of Merton,
Wimbledon Library, London, London, SW19