Merton calls on young people with artistic flair

Merton Council is calling on its younger residents for ideas on how a brand new sculpture in Merton should look.

Artist Joanne Roberts from the Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art will be constructing the sculpture at the recently redeveloped Pollards Hill Library later this year. However, before she creates the sculpture, Joanne wants to hear what Merton’s youngsters have to say about their preferences for this work of art. As an added bonus, those who send in their ideas will have the opportunity to be involved with the construction of the sculpture and see their concepts brought to life.

Anyone wishing to submit their ideas for this project should send them to or call the library on 020 8274 5741 as soon as possible, as places are limited.

Merton Council cabinet member for environment and leisure services Councillor David Simpson said: ‘This is a wonderful chance for young people in the borough to let us know what kind of work of art they would like to see come to Merton. Pollards Hill Library is the perfect place for a new sculpture following its £1million makeover last year. Public art is one way we can add further vibrancy to the borough, and there’s nothing better than when residents themselves play a part in deciding what that artwork should look like.’

Joanne Roberts said: ‘I really want as many youngsters as possible to get involved in the development of ideas for the sculpture. Public art needs to resonate with the residents whose environment it will eventually enhance. I’m keen to hear from enthusiastic young people in Merton who want to learn new artistic and team building skills and have fun too. This is their chance to help create a permanent installation in Pollards Hill Library.’