Welcome to the Merton Arts Trail site.
Merton Arts Trail is an Open House event held throughout the borough each September, when all participating artists collectively open their doors to the public to show and sell their art. Visitors can create their own Trail, by using our MAT Catalogue 2014 in conjunction with the enclosed MAT map. Visiting open houses puts the public in direct contact with Merton’s artists, and buying art direct benefits both visitors and artists alike, since all sales are completely commission-free.
The MAT is a non-discrimatory festival in which any visual artist can participate (see Artists’ Page for details). The catalogue directory aims to help visitors choose who to visit by referring to the thumbnail images of each artists’ work. Examples of art may also be seen in the week preceding the open house event in our Hub, which we aim to relocate around the borough each year; in 2014 it will be held between 13th-18th September at Wimbledon Library during normal opening hours.
For the most part, people exhibit in their home or studio. However, this isn’t always possible, so artists should get in touch with the MAT organisers who will try to point you in the direction of a suitable venue. The short film made by SWLondon TV gives an idea of how the MAT works: Merton Arts Trail 2013 .
MAT is a charitable social enterprise run on a voluntary basis. All funds raised through sponsorship, advertising, artists entry fees & a Merton Council grant, go towards creating a festival for all to enjoy.
Merton Arts Trail is delighted to have won the Merton Council & Local Guardian civic award for Arts & Entertainment.
Our main sponsors in 2014 include Marcus Beale Architects, Hawes & Co Estate Agents, WSM Tax Advisors, ACAVA Studios, Robert Holmes & Co., and the London Borough of Merton. We enjoy the support of many other enterprises too, Fielders Art Shop, Love Wimbledon, Your Local Guardian Newspaper, Time & Leisure, Darling, Absolutely…
Thank you for visiting our site, we hope you enjoy the experience !
The Merton Arts Team.
Merton Arts Trail was founded in 2010 by Wendy Bliss and Chrissie Craig.