The public will have the chance to explore Cannizaro Art Studios during an open day on Sunday 3 October between 11am and 6pm.
Seven Merton artists who are resident at the studios in Cannizaro Park will be on hand to discuss their work, which includes stoneware, French porcelain, paintings, drawings, hand-built smoke fired vessels, sculpture and oil and acrylic landscapes.
Also on display will be Jon Griffith’s ‘CABIN’, a unique installation in the form of a hut in the woods, which is being presented with the assistance of the London Borough of Merton and special donations.
Art works will be on sale while refreshments will be available for visitors.
The studios have been created in Merton following an agreement between ACAVA (Association for Cultural Development through the Visual Arts) and Arts Development Merton.
ACAVA has contributed over £20,000 towards renovating two derelict buildings in Cannizaro Park and Phipps Bridge, and transforming them into affordable, professionally equipped space for local artists.
Stephen Alambritis, Merton’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion and Economic Development said he was amazed to see the transformation.
“The buildings were derelict and attracting vandalism, they have now been renovated and provide much needed affordable artist studio space,” he said.
The facility in Cannizaro Park is opposite the pond and known as The Potting Shed, originally built for planting and potting seedlings for the gardeners in the park. The other building is known as The Old Laundry and is situated in Phipps Bridge. This used to be a laundrette for the residents of the Phipps Bridge estate.
There are five artist studios planned for Phipps Bridge and local artists interested in applying for a studio should contact Maureen Pepper at Arts Development Merton on 020 8545 3571.
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Further information about the artists and their work is available upon request.
For more information about the ACAVA visit http://www.acava.org