Artists’ Open House event this weekend

Published: Monday 30th September 13

Artists across the borough are preparing to open the doors of their homes or studios to the public for the first of two Open House weekends.

This weekend (October 5 and 6), more than 150 professional and amateur artists will showcase their work to visitors in these informal settings where they are able to engage with them directly.

The annual Wandsworth Artists’ Open House event is organised by Wandsworth Council’s arts team in conjunction with an artists’ steering committee, and last year saw about 15,000 visits made to more than 100 venues across the borough – generating an estimated £250,000 in sales.

The borough’s culture spokesman, Councillor Jonathan Cook, said: “The annual Artists’ Open House weekends have grown in popularity – so much so that 2012 saw nearly twice as much raised in sales than the previous year, which is fantastic for the local economy.

“The event is perfect for those familiar with the world of art as well as those who may be looking to learn more about it – or possibly even invest in their first piece.

“Whether it be sculpture, painting, photography and prints or ceramics, crafts and jewellery, there really is something for all tastes.”

Many new artists will be taking part in the event this year, with some open houses offering hands-on artistic activities as well as demonstrations and presentations.

An event website - www.wandsworthart.com - has been launched through which visitors can create their own personalised trail of open houses to visit. Links to local area websites and trail maps are also signposted from this site.

The second Open House event takes place over the weekend of October 12 and 13.

A fold-out listing of all open houses across the borough will be available from the borough’s libraries and arts venues in the near future.

Alternatively they can be obtained from the arts team by emailing arts@wandsworth.gov.uk or visiting Staff Yard, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ.

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