Merton paints October red

Merton Council will be painting the borough red this October through a series of free events with artists of all ages and abilities getting their paint brushes out as part of The Big Draw.

Now in its 10th year, the Big Draw season runs for the whole of October whilst Big Draw Day itself is on 10 October, when artist Roland Lawar will be in Mitcham helping residents create art of all different types and textures using items they have found in the area.

Not to be left out, Merton’s talented young artists will be painting some fun and quirky artwork based on favourite children’s stories on the same day at St Mark’s Church in Wimbledon. Youngsters will have the chance to add their own creatures into the paintings as part of the event organised with the Worple Art Exhibition Group.

Later on in the month – on 22 October – visual artist Sally Booth will be giving drawing workshops that are open to everyone at the Merton and Morden Guild in Aberconway Road, Morden.

As part of the council’s Black History Month Festival of Unity celebrations Mr Lawar will also be holding workshops at Merton Abbey Mills on the afternoon of 24 October and all residents are welcome.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environment and leisure services Councillor David Simpson said: “The Big Draw is a great campaign which aims to get as many people as possible enjoying art and drawing.

“We are committed to making sure Merton is a place where residents have the opportunity to learn and develop and I am delighted there are so many events taking place during October where people can discover, practise and perfect their artistic talents. This year we are combining our Festival of Unity celebrations with The Big Draw and I hope as many people as possible come along and try their hand at painting and drawing.”

Find out more about how Merton is celebrating The Big Draw at

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