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, and by using our map and catalogue they can make direct contact with the artists and chat about their work. If they decide to buy some art, the artists will benefit 100% (i.e. MAT does not take commission on works sold).
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 funds donated by our generous sponsors & advertisers. Each summer 15,000 copies of the M A T catalogue are distributed throughout the borough, which is supported by street banners and advertising.
For the most part, people exhibit in their home or 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 is a charitable social enterprise run on a voluntary basis. All funds raised through sponsorship, advertising, artists entry fees & council grant, go towards creating a festival for all to enjoy.
Our main sponsors are Marcus Beale Architects, Hawes & Co Estate Agents, WSM Tax Advisors, ACAVA Studios, Fielders Art Shop, Robert Holmes & Co., and the London Borough of Merton.
We are always looking for more support, and welcome all suggestions. Do get in touch if you would like to become a Friend of Merton Arts, someone who donates simply because they wish to support the local art scene. We can think of a thousand ways of boosting the event in return for a small number of pounds ! Just email us at email@example.com and we’ll do the rest.
Thank you for visiting our site, we hope you enjoy the experience !
Wendy Bliss & Chrissie Craig
Co-Founders of Merton Arts