Over 130 local artists participating in open house event
Discover the exciting art on your doorstep this autumn
October 9, 2019
More than 130 artists are inviting you into their homes and studios across the borough with the return of Wandsworth Artists’ Open House (WAOH).
This weekend is your chance to discover talented artists you never knew were on your doorstep!
This annual event is all about shining a light on Wandsworth’s abundance of creative talent and making art open to everyone.
With every venue free to visit, all art enthusiasts – from culture junkies to the simply curious – can enjoy art in a relaxed setting and connect with a community of artists and makers in their neighbourhood. It’s a rare opportunity to speak directly with the artist, learn about how they make their work, and to see where the creative magic happens.
As ever, there’s a plethora of creative forms to see at the 85 venues dotted all over the borough, with painting, printmaking, jewellery, photography, ceramics, sculpture, textiles and homewares presented by award-winning artists.
For the second year, the world’s leading university of art and design, the Royal College of Art (RCA), has teamed up with WAOH to offer bursaries to five young artists aged 16-25. As well as providing them with an invaluable mentoring session at the RCA, WAOH offers the recipients a fantastic platform to showcase their work at the RCA’s Dyson Gallery.
With these budding artists working across a broad range of media, including conceptual art, photography, sculpture, painting, performance and video, this is an exciting opportunity to see what the next generation of artists are making.
There will also be opportunities for visitors to enjoy a storytelling session by Hannah Need in Earlsfield and attend the preview evening at Artisan Space in Putney, where a number of artists are showing their work. On both Sundays there will also be free pottery, drawing and printmaking workshops for all ages at Putney School of Art and Design.
Councillor Steffi Sutters, Cabinet Member Community Services and Open Spaces, said, ‘Wandsworth Artists’ Open House really goes to show the sheer abundance of artistic talent in the borough. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the local community to visit the homes and creative spaces of artists just around the corner and support Wandsworth’s growing creative industry.’
Go to wandsworthart.com to see the full list of artists and Open Houses and to create your own trail of your favourite artists to visit. You can base your trail by postcode or the kind of art you’re most interested in. Printed local guides with a map of participating venues will be available from your local library, and at various venues and organisations throughout the borough.
Open House takes place Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 October from 11am – 6pm.