PHOTOCALL: Merton opens its studios to local artists

Merton Council is hosting an Open Studios event on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November between 12noon and 5.00pm. The event will celebrate affordable, high quality original artwork produced by local artists. The studios can be found at Cannizaro Park, Lombard Road and the Phipps Bridge estate.

Renovated by Merton Council in 2004, the six Cannizaro Studios are based in the heart of the park. Focusing on nature and the environment, the resident artists use a range of materials including stone, clay and wood to produce inspiring artwork. Artist, Sally Booth, is an internationally renowned visual artist who has exhibited in Europe, Japan and the USA. Sally is visually impaired and has developed arts projects at numerous community events.

Nathaniel Fowles established the 13 studios at Lombard Road with artist studios charity ACAVA (Association for Cultural Development through Visual Arts) in 1997. His work is inspired by the intrigue and mystery of the silver screen.
The six Phipps Bridge studios, also renovated in 2004, were transformed from an old laundry on the Phipps Bridge estate into an attractive and versatile studio space. Andrew Aarons, a tenant at the studios, is a painter and printmaker and has had his work exhibited nationally. Andrew is currently working with local young refugees to create prints celebrating their childhood memories.

For further information about the Merton Open Studios event please contact the Arts Development Team on 020 8545 3399.

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Notes to editors:
1. Sally Booth is an established visual artist and has exhibited her paintings nationally and internationally. In particular she has links with Japan, where she had a touring exhibition and worked running arts workshops and lectures in Kyoto, Tokyo, Nara and Fukuoka in 2005 and 2006.
2. After graduating from Camberwell School of Art, Andrew Aarons went to Canada and, in the twenty years that he lived there, exhibited, taught at high school and at degree level and was director of visual and performing arts at a college in Ontario. When he returned to England he continued to teach and paint and returned to Camberwell to study printmaking. He retired from teaching at two years ago and now takes commissions, paints in oil and makes etchings full time at his studio in Phipps Bridge. His work is held in many corporate and private collections world wide. Examples of his work: http://www.andrewaarons.com
3. Nathaniel Fowles has been an Artist in Residence in a school in Worcester since September. He has been involved with a number of educational proje