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 free directory (here is this year’s 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 an arts festival in which all visual and performance artists are invited to 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 was held across 13th-18th September at Wimbledon Library and manned by current MAT artists.
For the most part, people exhibit in their home or studio. However, we recognise this isn’t always possible, so artists should try to find a suitable venue, a shop, cafe or local business. This short film made by SWLondon TV gives an idea of how the MAT can work for you: 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 2014.
Our valued sponsors 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.