Merton Arts present:
Merton Arts Trail
Merton Arts presents Merton ARTS TRAIL (commonly known as MAT), an Open House event held across the borough each September (as long as we have volunteers willing to organise it !), and where all participating artists collectively open their doors to the public to show and sell their art on the same days. Visitors create their own Trail of visits by using our map and catalogue, and enjoy speaking directly to the artists about their work; if they buy art, the artist will benefit 100%.
To participate in the Trail, each artist who signs up is asked to pay a nominal fee (very competitive with Wandsworth or Brighton Open House, for example) and this is subsidised by a LBM Grant along with our generous sponsors & advertisers who support the arts here in Merton. Merton Arts then creates a catalogue for the Trail, thanks to designer, Will Brown‘s technical & artistic skills, listing all the artists’ details (carefully collated by painter & sculptor, Mark Wiles), enabling 15,000 copies to be distributed around the borough, and for banners to appear in all town centres.
For the most part, people exhibit at home or in their studio. However, this isn’t always possible, so its a question of being creative and asking shops or cafes if they would like to host an exhibition. Church Road shops in Wimbledon Village have really got things started this year. SWLondon TV footage gives a gentle introduction to how the Trail works: Merton Arts Trail 2013 .
Merton Arts Trail 2014
Merton Arts Trail is run and organised on an entirely voluntary and not-for-profit basis. All the funds earned (sponsorship, advertising, artists entry fees, council grant) go towards creating an event for all to enjoy - and whilst we are serious about making this a regular and fun festival for the London Borough of Merton, we couldn’t operate if we didn’t know you enjoyed it as much as we have enjoyed creating it and making it happen.
The research which Voodoo Research Ltd did on our behalf told us how much you enjoy this event, how it motivates you and how you enjoy being part of an artistic community here in the London Borough of Merton.
Our sponsors include Marcus Beale Architects, Hawes & Co Estate Agents, WSM Tax Advisors, ACAVA, Fielders Art Supplies, Wimbledon Fine Art Gallery, Workshop 305, Love Wimbledon, Russells Photography, Wimbledon College of Art (ual), Julia Boggio Photography, Robert Holmes & Co., Tot Art, Crown Lane Recording Studios, Gleesons Picture Framers, Time & Leisure, Darling and Absolutely Magazines, and of course, Merton Council’s Arts Development fund.
We are always looking for more support, and welcome all suggestions. Do get in touch also, if you would like to be a Friend, someone who donates simply because they wish to support the work of the Merton Arts Trail. We can think of a thousand ways of boosting the event in return for a small number of pounds ! Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do the rest.
Thank you for visiting our site, we hope you decide to join our Open House event.
Wendy Bliss & Chrissie Craig
Co-Founders of Merton Arts