Your Guide to the November 2018 Wimbledon Art Fair

Your guide to the award-winning
Wimbledon Art Fair

This locally renowned 4-day event is an exclusive opportunity to see behind-the-scenes of the artist’s studios and buy affordable contemporary art, crafts and gifts directly from over 150 of the most talented artists and makers in London.

Here’s a quick guide to everything you need to know to ensure a great visit to Wimbledon Art Fair.

When is the Art Fair open?
Thursday 15th & Friday 16th: 2pm - 10pm
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th: 11am - 6pm

Do I need a ticket?
There's no need to book your FREE ticket to the Wimbledon Art Fair, but if you do you could win £200 to spend at the show! Entries close at midnight on Tuesday 13 November and the winner will be announced via our Facebook page on Wednesday 14 November - enter here

 Maeve Doyle Opens Wimbledon Art Fair

Maeve Doyle Opens Wimbledon Art Fair

Can I come to the Official Launch Night?
Yes, you can. We're delighted to announce that BBC Arts Correspondent, Gallerist and Industry Expert, Maeve Doyle, will be here to officially open our 44th show on Thursday 15 November from 6.30pm - 10pm. There will be complimentary bar and live music from The Spenders too. We do have limited spaces available, so please make sure you RSVP here by 13 November to avoid disappointment.

 Live performance from Heidi Petite

Live performance from Heidi Petite

Are there any other events?
Head to Wimbledon Art Fair on Friday 16 November for our Late View Night. From 6pm-10pm, enjoy complimentary drinks, whilst listening to a live performance from Heidi Petite and viewing affordable contemporary art.

Which artists will be exhibiting at the Art Fair?
We have 150 of London's most exciting contemporary artists, exhibiting in the May 2018 Wimbledon Art Fair. Plan your visit and discover the artists here.

How do I get there?
The Art Fair takes place at Wimbledon Art Studios, SW17 0BB
By car: We have limited parking available, please use public transport where possible. 
By rail: Our nearest stations are Tooting Broadway (Northern Line) and Earlsfield (National Rail)
By bus: The 44/77/270 run along Garrett Lane, between Tooting Broadway and Earlsfield Stations. 
The 493 can be taken from Wimbledon Railway Station, along Plough Lane. Alight at the Wimbledon Stadium Stop.

Will there be anything for the children to do?
Yes, plenty! Our sponsors Jackson-Stops will have kids’ activities on Saturday and Sunday, plus our artists are holding a variety of workshops and demonstrations for the whole family.

Are there any other activities?
From pottery demonstrations to Abstract Art talks, there's plenty to see and do.

How long should I spend at Wimbledon Art Fair?
As long as you wish! We recommend that it takes 4 hours to explore the whole of the Art Fair (don't worry, that includes a tea break too!). Don't have much time? Take a look at the exhibiting artists, circle your favourites and visit them. A member of staff can point you in the right direction, if you need a hand.

Is there food and drink available at the Art Fair?
Yes, we have Home Community Cafe providing culinary delights over the weekend and Cafe 2 U providing a selection of hot drinks. You can also enjoy a glass of Prosecco, beer from By The Horns Brewery or seasonal mulled wine too.

I'm in a wheelchair, will I be able to see the studios?
Yes, of course. There is wheelchair-friendly access to 7 out of the 8 floors, so there's plenty to see. Accessible toilets and blue badge parking bays will also be available. 

Can I pay by card at the Art Fair?
Yes, we can accept all major cards in the payment office and at the bar.

How can I support the Art Fair?
As a not-for-profit organisation, we are very grateful for any support we receive. There will be a number of donation stations across the 8 floors. Recommended donation is £4, which will go a long way to helping fund the show and supporting our artists. 

When is the next Art Fair?
The next Wimbledon Art Fair is the 9 - 12 May 2019. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all our news until then. 

If you have any questions, you can get in touch on 0208 947 1183 or enquiries@wimbledonartstudios.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you at the show

Artist Interview with Brad Kenny

Brad recently joined the studio and is about to embark on his first Wimbledon Art Fair! We’ve been chatting to him about how he’s settling in and what we can expect to see at the show in November.

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Hi Brad, so tell us a bit about yourself…

I’ve been working as a full-time artist for three years following graduation from the University of Chichester. I am a contemporary artist specialising in portraiture and figurative representation of the human condition.

And how are you enjoying life at Wimbledon Art Studios?

Wimbledon Art Studios is my third studio location in recent years. I am impressed by the facilities, the social network and idea sharing. The artist community generates an atmosphere of creativity where encouragement, inspirations and ideas are discussed and shared regularly.

A word about the support staff.  They are friendly and welcoming and promote the opportunities that we all benefit from.

Aww thanks, we always like to help! So what’s your inspiration?

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People. I am attracted to the challenges of the Expressionist characteristics of strong, even lurid, colours and abstraction/distortion, exploring human emotions.

We’d love to know what you’ve been working on…

I am concentrating on works for my upcoming shows in Islington and Guildford at the moment, examples can be seen on my social media. I’m also very excited to be preparing for an exhibition in New York next year – keep an eye out!

That all sounds very exciting. Thanks for chatting to us and we look forward to seeing your works in studio 269 at Wimbledon Art Fair from the 15 - 18 November.

Find out more about Brad and his work at bradkennystudio.com

Artist Interview with Katharine Le Hardy

Long-standing Wimbledon Art Studios’ artist, Katharine Le Hardy, takes her inspiration from the urban landscapes that surround her. Most recently Katharine has been documenting the demolition of the Wimbledon Dog Track as it makes way for the new AFC Wimbledon Stadium. We’ve been chatting to Katharine to find out more…

Hi Katharine, so tell us about your latest body of work

Since Spring 2018, I have been documenting the regeneration of the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. It was the last remaining track in Greater London to still be hosting regular meetings until it was closed late last year.

  Bob’s Down  by Katharine Le Hardy

Bob’s Down by Katharine Le Hardy

What inspired you to document the stadium?

Watching large sections of the stadium being dismantled and taking on new forms as each layer of the building is stripped back to its bare bones gave me a whole different perspective on the scale and historical significance of this place. After 90 years, and thousands of memories, it felt poignant to record this final chapter.

What has been your process for the project?

I have made weekly visits to the site to photograph and document the progress being made as the stadium is demolished. The vulnerability of a building reduced down to its naked shell has allowed me to capture moments which really highlight the passage of time and has provided me with a wealth of imagery from which to work from.

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Lastly, tell us what you enjoy about being an artist at Wimbledon Art Studios?

As someone who needs plenty of breaks while I’m working to prevent overworking my paintings, it’s wonderful working in a community where there’s always someone to chat to or get an opinion from.  

You can see Katharine’s Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium work in studio 269 at Wimbledon Art Fair from the 15 - 18 November.

Pre-register for your free ticket at wimbledonartfair.com/pre-book for the chance to win £200 to spend on art.





Artist Interview with Angelika Spranger

Angelika Spranger, studio 601, is busy preparing for her upcoming solo exhibition Still Waters at the Stable Yard Gallery, Morden Hall Park. Here, we catch up with her on her recent work and everything we have to look forward to at Wimbledon Art Fair.

Click Here for more information on the exhibition at Morden Hall Park.

Hi Angelika, so how would you describe your work?

Capturing nature, especially water and its textures and patterns, in an abstract way and not using any manipulation in my photography, capturing the essence and a kind of endlessness is what is important to me. Focusing on that moment of truth.

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Would you say you were an upcoming or established artist?

I will leave that up to you, as I do not define myself in any manner and leave all possibilities open. You always develop new ideas, push yourself in different directions and all these experiments allow to take the next step. Very exciting indeed!

We hear you have an exhibition coming up, can you tell us about that?

I am super exited to show my un-manipulated photography of water in the Stable Yard Gallery, in the National Trust’s Morden Hall Park, from the 2nd - 16th October. The exhibition is free and everybody is welcome. It is open daily from 10 – 17.00.

Tell us about your most recent collection of work…

I am getting more interested in capturing the energy of water and searching for its frequency. There is a magic connection with water that we all have and I capture a little bit of that. There is a whole body of new works I have created inspired by local streams for my next solo exhibition at the National Trust gallery.

What are your career highlights so far?

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Moving from Vienna to London encouraged me to start a new, more creative career. I decided to study “Art for Public Space” and learned about the design criteria and the use of different media; from printmaking, stained glass to mosaic and of course photography, which I am addicted to – in a good way!

Art can change everything, I am a big believer in that. 

I was delighted to had the possibility of curating my solo show at the gallery at St Georges Hospital in London. It was very fulfilling to receive all these compliments and amazing feedback. Please have a look at the 2 minutes video to see what it was like.

Any awards?

I was thrilled to have been selected to exhibit my work in The Houses of Parliament last year. Fabulous to show my photography as part of “Tomorrow’s Child Exhibition” to the public, MP’s and to hopefully make a difference and raise the awareness of the importance of the very early development of a child. It also opened my mind to take on portrait photography.

My Solo exhibition was featured as one of the best shows to see by FAD magazine. It was wonderful to welcome Tabish Kahn and receive such a fantastic feedback from the London art critique.

Have you had any recent press coverage?

Being a Fulham resident, it was wonderful to have a feature in the Fulham Resident’s journal. It was great, as it was an additional promotion for the ART50 – a Fulham art show for 50 artists I organised together with a small team to promote the WAS open studios. It was great fun!

And finally, what do you love about Wimbledon Art Studios?

Being at Wimbledon Art Studios now for over 10 years - I cannot believe it – has allowed me to connect with many creative minds and make great friends. It is inspiring to work in this community of wonderful artists.

You can find out more about Angelika, her work and upcoming exhibitions via her Instagram or at angelikaspranger.com

Watch a 2 min video from her recent solo exhibition by Clicking Here

Artist Interview with Perla Mignanelli

Perla Mignanelli is an Italian painter, who recently joined Wimbledon Art Studios. Inspired by gothic art, women and her surroundings, we’re keen to find out more about Perla and her practice.

Hi Perla, so what do you enjoy about being an artist here at Wimbledon Art Studios?

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The creative environment - there are so many various and talented artists sharing knowledge and skills, spending time together and help each other out. You’re surrounded by people who believe in what they do.

Tell us about your work, what are you known for?

I mainly do painting and mixed media on canvas, mostly portraits.

What should we expect to see at the upcoming Wimbledon Art Fair?

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Inspired by Frida Kahlo and Mexican Art, my latest collection of paintings is part of what I call decorative art. I’m experimenting with displaying canvases layered on top of each other at different angles.

Where else can we see your work?

I have an exhibition at The Brick Lane Gallery from the 9 - 21 October 2018.

Thanks Perla, we look forward to visiting you in studio 282 at Wimbledon Art Fair, from the 15 - 18 November 2018.

Artist Interview with Zoe Anker

From painting to ceramics, photography to printmaking and everything in between, Wimbledon Art Fair offers the opportunity to explore the working studios of London’s most exciting contemporary artists and makers, and buy art directly from the person who made it.

With just two months to go, we’ve been chatting to printmaker Zoe Anker

Hi Zoe, so it’s safe to say you love bright colours - is that your inspiration?

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Yes, it is! I love colour, I love to travel and I love graffiti.

So how would you describe your practice?

I am a printmaker, specialising in screen printing. I am known for my vivid colours and my use of geometric shapes.

What can we expect to see at this November’s Wimbledon Art Fair?

My body of work for the next show will see a continuation of juxtaposition of colour and shape. I’ve also been working on some larger scale pieces which I will be including too.

Have you got any other exhibitions coming up?

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Yes, I am exhibiting at Gallery@OXO at the end of September, as part of the annual A Letter in Mind charity fundraiser. Each artist donates a piece of work on an envelope, which will be sold for £85 each. All money is raised for The National Brain Appeal, which funds to advance treatment and research at The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery and the Institute of Neurology, so it’s a lovely event to be part of.

And finally, what do you enjoy about being at Wimbledon Art Studios?

Having been in and around Wimbledon Art Studios for a few years now, I mainly enjoy the social and community environment. It’s great to be surrounded by such a diverse array of amazing artists… I love being here!

Thanks Zoe, we look forward to seeing you in studio 103 at Wimbledon Art Fair, from the 15 - 18 November 2018.

Artist Interview with Carolyn Tripp

Carolyn Tripp recently joined the studios and will be taking part in Wimbledon Art Fair this November for the first time. We caught up with her in the run up to the show to find out what she’s up to…

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Hi Carolyn, where did it all begin for you, what’s your inspiration?

My inspiration originates from a tiny porcelain green bottle I was given by my grandmother when I was a child. That and broken pieces of pottery I have found over the years on the foreshore of the Thames.

How would you describe your work?

I work with porcelain, decorated with brightly coloured, mismatched patterns.

What should we expect to see at Wimbledon Art Fair?

I am hoping to introduction a new colour… we’ll see!

We hear you’ve got a busy few months, what are you up to?

I am at Made Marylebone in October and Handmade in Chelsea in November. Plus the Wimbledon Art Fair and I’ll be at the Leeds Design and Craft Centre until Christmas.

What do you love about being an artist at Wimbledon Art Studios?

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I’m new here and am absolutely loving it. The light I have in my studio is such a revelation - coming from an arch! Also everyone is so friendly and helpful. It’s also great to have a named address to send deliveries too!

Find out more about Carolyn and her work here or come and see her in studio 507 at Wimbledon Art Fair from the 15 - 18 November 2018.


Calling all Art Enthusiasts - we need you

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Wimbledon Art Fair returns from 15-18 November 2018 to showcase the work of over 150 of London's most exciting artists and makers.

We are looking for an enthusiastic group of volunteers to help run the amazing Wimbledon Art Fair. This is a fantastic opportunity to work within the creative industries and be part of a team hosting an event that attracts around 8,000 visitors annually.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining a welcoming and friendly atmosphere throughout the show.
  • Dealing with any queries or questions about Wimbledon Art Fair.
  • Helping visitors to navigate the studios, directing them to the artist they are looking for.
  • Providing information about Wimbledon Art Fair and the artists taking part in the show.
  • Maximising opportunities for visitors to donate and purchase affordable artwork. Wimbledon Art Fair is self-funded and we rely on the generosity of our visitors to keep it going.

Try something new and gain additional skills in event management and organisation with Wimbledon Art Studios.

If you're interested in this volunteer role then please send your CV to enquiries@wimbledonartstudios.co.uk and we will send successful candidates a registration form to fill in with their available times.

Food will be provided throughout and we are happy to provide references.

 

Upcoming Exhibitions: 6 places you'll find W.A.S artists, this August & September

Upcoming Exhibitions: 6 places you'll find W.A.S artists, this August & September

If you just can't wait until the next Wimbledon Art Fair, there's plenty of opportunities to spot the Wimbledon Art Studios' artists over the next month (and not just in London!)

 

1) CONNECTION: Open 2018, 27 June - 30 September, Wells Maltings

  Winters Walk Across the Salt Marsh,  Bessie Millar

Winters Walk Across the Salt Marsh, Bessie Millar

CONNECTION: OPEN 2018 is the inaugural exhibition in the Handa Gallery at Wells Maltings, bringing together 2D artists with an affinity to East Anglia, including Wimbledon Art Studios' Bessie Millar.

The details
Address: Wells Maltings, Staithe Street, Wells-Next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AN
Dates: 27 June - 30 September 2018
Times: 10am - 6pm daily

 

2) A River Runs Through It, 22 - 26 August, Gallery @ OXO Tower

 The 'OXO Gang' (from left to right)Tom Cox, Susan Bunn, Samuel Jordan, Jonny Love, Munleen Sibia and Michael Wallner

The 'OXO Gang' (from left to right)Tom Cox, Susan Bunn, Samuel Jordan, Jonny Love, Munleen Sibia and Michael Wallner

W.A.S artists Michael Wallner, LoveJordan and Munleen Sibia return to the iconic London landmark to celebrate all things London! 

After the huge success of last year's exhibition, attended by more than 4,500 art lovers and collectors, five of London’s most exciting artists are back at the famous gallery@oxo, situated in the heart of the South Bank. Urban Soup presents A River Runs Through Itan art exhibition celebrating London’s vibrant personality and ever-changing landscape through its colours, shapes and unique perspectives.

Is your name a London location or perhaps you know a Brent Cross or Victoria Park? The A River Runs Through It gang are giving you the chance to win cocktails for two at the OXO Tower Brasserie if you have a London based name, so don't miss out! 

The details
Address: gallery@oxo, Barge House Street, London SE1 9PH
Dates: 22 - 26 August 2018
Opening hours: 11am - 8pm
Private View: Thursday 23 August, 6 - 9pm
More information at ariverrunsthroughit.art

 

3) Extinction, 23 - 26 August, Noho Studios

 Sophie Tea presents her last animal exhibition, this August at Noho Studios

Sophie Tea presents her last animal exhibition, this August at Noho Studios

Sophie Tea is exhibiting her animal paintings for the last time, in her biggest exhibition yet and invites you to be there to celebrate the end of an era. She has produced a whole new body of animal paintings and will be auctioning some works to raise money for WWF

The details
Address: Noho Studios, 46 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PZ
Dates: 23 - 26 August
Private View: Thursday 23 August, 4pm - 10pm
Book your tickets here

 

4) Indian Summer and Other Travels, 11 - 15 September, Piers Feetham Gallery

  Indian Summer and Other Travels,  opens at Piers Feetham Gallery, 11 - 15 September

Indian Summer and Other Travels, opens at Piers Feetham Gallery, 11 - 15 September

Louise Diggle's upcoming solo show Indian Summer and Other Travels, will showcase work from her most recent trip to Rajasthan and others closer to home.

View the full catalogue of works via louisediggle.co.uk

The details
Address: Piers Feetham Gallery, Fulham Road, London SW6 1HL
Dates: 11 - 15 September
Opening hours: Tues - Fri 10am -6pm, Sat 10am - 1pm

 

5) Surface TENsion, 13 September to 11th October, D-Contemporary, mayfair

  Provocateur,  Alex Rennie

Provocateur, Alex Rennie

  Finding the Meon,  Rob Murray

Finding the Meon, Rob Murray

From graphic skylines to expressive landscapes and expansive abstracts; from conceptual panoramas to intimate interiors; from the rural to the urban, to the industrial; from printmaking to painting, to intricate and witty new worlds created in 3D sculpture – all ten artists explore and manipulate their surfaces, pushing the boundaries of texture and tone, composition and concept.

These artists, including Wimbledon Art Studios' Richard Knight, Rose Long, LoveJordan, Rob Murray, Alex Rennie, Jane Wachman and Michael Wallner, come together to explore striking contrasts and expose surprising synergies.

The details
Address: D-Contemporary Gallery, 23 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EY
Dates: 13 Sept - 11 Oct 2018
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11am – 6pm, Sat 11am – 5pm
More information can be found at surfacetensionart.weebley.com

 

6) S.W.A Annual Exhibition, 25 - 29 September, Mall Galleries

 Henrietta Stuart will be exhibiting in the 157th SWA, this September

Henrietta Stuart will be exhibiting in the 157th SWA, this September

We're thrilled that W.A.S artist Henrietta Stuart has been selected for the upcoming S.W.A exhibition. Now in it's 157th year, the Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition has created a great and much needed platform for some of the most outstanding female artists to showcase their work.

The details
Address: Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
Dates: 27 to 30 September 2018
Opening hours: 10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)
More information can be found at mallgalleries.org.uk

The next Wimbledon Art Fair takes place from the 15 - 18 November 2018. Pre-register here for your chance to win £200 to spend on art and other perks. 

Wimbledon Art Fair shortlisted in Time & Leisure Culture Awards

Wimbledon Art Fair shortlisted in Time & Leisure Culture Awards

We're thrilled that Wimbledon Art Fair has been shortlisted for the Time & Leisure Food & Culture Awards 2018.

Up for the Tony Kane Cultural Experience of the Year, amongst Kew Gardens and Hampton Court, we need your votes! 

Here's how...
- Visit foodandcultureawards.co.uk/voting/
- Scroll down to the Tony Kane Cultural Experience of the Year award
- Choose 'Wimbledon Art Studios Open Day' from the drop down menu
- Click VOTE! 

Wimbledon Art Fair welcomes Marine Tanguy

Wimbledon Art Fair welcomes Marine Tanguy

We are delighted to announce that Marine Tanguy, founder of MTArt Agency, will be visiting the studios to give a talk to our artists and inspire them before the official opening of Wimbledon Art Fair from 10-13 May.

Marine is the ultimate champion of accessible art and is instrumental in encouraging a new generation to interact and engage with art by making it available through public initiatives and collaborations.

We share Marine’s view that art should be accessible to everyone and this is just one of the reasons why Wimbledon Art Fair is free to attend. Wimbledon Art Fair is a showcase for over 150 of London’s most exciting artists and makers and provides not only a great opportunity for visitors to buy affordable art, but an opportunity to learn about it as well.

We can’t wait to welcome Marine to the studios and we hope to see lots of you at Wimbledon Art Fair!

About MTArt:

Founded in 2015, MTArt is the first artist agency in the world. We are an agency for the world's most exciting up and coming visual artists. While the art world concentrates on selling art on walls, we focus on investing and supporting the artists.

Every month, the agency reviews 200 portfolios of artist. Artists are chosen on innovative techniques, inspiring content and strong vision. MTArt covers their studio costs, sells their works, implement cultural & commercial partnerships and offers press exposure. This is how we accelerate their artistic reputation, visibility and success. 

We believe that our artists are the next rising stars of the art world. Thought leaders. Role Models. Pioneers.

We work with the best collectors, brands, public bodies and investors to establish their reputation. We want to see their art everywhere inspiring everyone. 

Your Guide to the May 2018 Wimbledon Art Fair

Your Guide to the May 2018 Wimbledon Art Fair

Wimbledon Art Fair returns from the 10 - 13 May 2018 

This locally renowned 4-day event is an exclusive opportunity to see behind-the-scenes of the artist’s studios and buy affordable contemporary art, crafts and gifts directly from over 150 of the most talented artists and makers in London.

FAQs:

When is the Art Fair open?
Thursday 10th & Frday 11th: 2pm - 10pm
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th: 11am - 6pm

Do I need a ticket?
There's no need to book your FREE ticket to the Wimbledon Art Fair, but if you do you could win £200 to spend at the show! Entries close at midnight on Tuesday 8 May and the winner will be announced via our Facebook page on Wednesday 9 May - enter here

Can I come to the Official Launch Night?
Yes, you can. We're delighted that Kate Bryan, Sky Arts judge and Soho House Head of Collections, will be here to officially open Wimbledon Art Fair on Thursday 10 May from 6.30pm - 10pm. There will be complimentary bar and live music too. We do have limited spaces available, so please make sure you RSVP here by 5.5.18 to avoid disappointment. 

Which artists will be exhibiting at the Art Fair?
We have 150 of London's most exciting contemporary artists, exhibiting in the May 2018 Wimbledon Art Fair. View the full catalogue here

How do I get there?
The Art Fair takes place at Wimbledon Art Studios, SW17 0BB
By car: We have limited parking available, please use public transport where possible. 
By rail: Our nearest stations are Tooting Broadway (Northern Line) and Earlsfield (National Rail)
By bus: The 44/77/270 run along Garrett Lane, between Tooting Broadway and Earlsfield Stations. 
The 493 can be taken from Wimbledon Railway Station, along Plough Lane. Alight at the Wimbledon Stadium Stop.

Will there be anything for the children to do?
There certainly is! Award-winning sugar artist Jacqui Kelly will be teaching Chocolate Honey Bear workshops on Sunday, plus there's a decoupage station, face painting, screen printing & more.

Are there any other activities?
From pottery demonstrations to Abstract Art talks, there's plenty to see and do.

How long should I spend at Wimbledon Art Fair?
As long as you wish! We recommend that it takes 4 hours to explore the whole of the Art Fair (don't worry, that includes a tea break too!). Don't have much time? Take a look at the exhibiting artists, circle your favourites and visit them. A member of staff can point you in the right direction, if you need a hand.

Is there food and drink available at the Art Fair?
Yes, we have Little Reds Pizza and Mood Food Cafe providing culinary delights over the weekend and Cafe 2 U providing a selection of hot drinks. You can also enjoy a glass of Prosecco, beer or seasonal Pimms too.
Making a day of it? Pop into Ben's Canteen for a delicious brunch or hearty burger before or after the show. 

I'm in a wheelchair, will I be able to see the studios?
Yes, of course. There is wheelchair-friendly access to 7 out of the 8 floors, so there's plenty to see. Accessible toilets and blue badge parking bays will also be available. 

Can I pay by card at the Art Fair?
Yes, we can accept all major cards in the payment office and at the bar.

How can I support the Art Fair?
As a not-for-profit organisation, we are very grateful for any support we receive. There will be a number of donation stations across the 8 floors. Recommended donation is £4, which will go a long way to helping fund the show and supporting our artists. 

When is the next Art Fair?
The next Wimbledon Art Fair is the 15 - 18 November 2018. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all our news until then. 

If you have any questions, you can get in touch on 0208 947 1183 or enquiries@wimbledonartstudios.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you at the show

Highlights of 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, we’re recapping on all the excitement of the past year and looking forward to all that 2018 has in store. 

Wimbledon Art Fair

This November, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of open studio shows, with the newly-named Wimbledon Art Fair. 

The shows, which take place twice a year, provide a fantastic platform for our upcoming and established artists to showcase and sell their work directly to over 4000 visitors. 

Keith Brymer Jones, ceramicist and judge on BB2's The Great Pottery Throwdown, opened the show at the official launch night party, on Thursday 16 November. His inspiration speech, even got us a bit emotional too!

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Other highlights of the weekend included; art auction in aid of St George's Hospital Charity, which raised a fantastic £650 and a range of workshops and demonstrations for the whole family. 

Awards and Exhibitions

As ever, our resident artists have excelled themselves this year, with an array of sell-out exhibitions and prestigious awards. Here's a few highlights...

 
 Jacqui receives International Cake Artist of the Year, at the New York Cake Show in June

Jacqui receives International Cake Artist of the Year, at the New York Cake Show in June

 Andrew Horrod handing over his winning painting from Windsor and Eton en plein air 2017

Andrew Horrod handing over his winning painting from Windsor and Eton en plein air 2017

 
  • Louise Diggle, studio 402, received the Agnes Reeve Memorial award for a painting of London at the Chelsea Art Society in June, with this painting of Albert Bridge.
     
  • Jacqui Kelly, studio 24, won International Cake Artist of the Year. It was awarded to her at the New York Cake Show in June.  
     
  • Harriet Hoult, studio 1, was one of 160 shortlisted for the Rise Art Prize, from the 16,000 submissions they received. Although Harriet has heard she has not made it into the finals, she is still in the running for the category awards.
     
  • Andrew Horrod, studio 304, took part in several en plein air events in 2017, picking up overall or category prizes at Buxton, Norwich and Windsor. 
     
  • Bessie Millar, studio 306, was selected for an open exhibition “Tricks of the Light” at Riverside Gallery. Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, which is on show now until 3rd March 2018, with her piece "Walking amongst bluebells in silver shadows”
     
  • Jane Wachmann, Tim Goffe, Alex Rennie and Ingrid Lucas were all selected for the 2017 Discerning Eye, which took place at the Mall Galleries. 

Upcoming Exhibitions

The new year will bring plenty of opportunities to see our artists exhibit their work across London and the UK (and perhaps even further!) Here's a few to look out for...

  • The Landscape of Time, 13 January - 29 March 2018, The Crypt, Marylebone Parish Church
    Curated by Antonia Jackson, studio 257 and features works by Antonia herself and Tom Down, studio 145, amongst others. The exhibition explores the idea of time and memory through their painting practices, ranging from the figurative to the semi abstract.
     
  • Still Waters, 16 January - 15 February 2018, St George's Hospital Gallery
    Photographic exhibition by Angelika Spranger. 25% of sales donated to St George's Hospital Charity

St George's Hospital Charity...who and what to expect

On Friday 17th November, as part of the 25th anniversary Wimbledon Art Fair, we are holding a charity silent auction in aid of St George's Hospital Charity

The money raised from this auction will be help support the Arts team, to ensure that the charity’s art collection, innovative arts programmes, projects and commissions enhance the well-being of patients and staff.

our artists have donated a unique collection of artworks, which will be on display in the cafe from 2pm on friday. starting bids are £30 and the last bids will be taken at 8.30pm

Join us from 7pm and support this fantastic cause.

here's a selection of artworks up for auction...

 Henrietta Stuart, studio 134

Henrietta Stuart, studio 134

 Richard Knight, studio 278

Richard Knight, studio 278

 Rose Long, studio 302

Rose Long, studio 302

 Judith Brenner, studio 138

Judith Brenner, studio 138

 Antonia Jackson, studio 257

Antonia Jackson, studio 257

 Becki Flack, studio 114

Becki Flack, studio 114

 Angelika Spranger, studio 601

Angelika Spranger, studio 601

 Clare May Martin, studio 415

Clare May Martin, studio 415

 Christine and the owl, studio 407

Christine and the owl, studio 407

 Katie Lee, studio 221

Katie Lee, studio 221

 Jane Wachman, studio 143

Jane Wachman, studio 143

 Jane Bain, studio 10

Jane Bain, studio 10

 Beatriz elorza, studio 108

Beatriz elorza, studio 108

Your Guide to the Wimbledon Art Fair

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The newly named Wimbledon Art Fair launches in a weeks time and this November, it's going to be bigger and better than ever. 

Over 150 artists open their studio doors for four days, welcoming you to browse, discover and buy directly from them. Immerse yourself in our creative community and explore a collection of unique artworks and gifts. 

Highlights of the weekend include:

THURSDAY 16 NOVEMBER at 6.30pm
OFFICIAL LAUNCH NIGHT

Keith Brymer Jones, ceramicist and judge on BB2's The Great Pottery Throw Down, is here to launch the 25th Wimbledon Art Fair. Plus there's a free bar and live music... one not to be missed! RSVP here by 12.11.17.

FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER at 7pm
ART AUCTION IN AID OF ST GEORGE'S HOSPITAL CHARITY

Join us as we auction a unique collection of original contemporary artworks, donated by our established and emerging artists.

The money raised from this auction will help the Arts Team at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to continue to expand their art collection, as well as supporting their innovative arts programmes that enhances the well-being of the 3.5 million patients who visit the Trust each year.

FAQs:

When is the Art Fair open?
Thurs 16 & Fri 17 Nov: 2pm - 10pm
Sat 18 & Sun 19 Nov: 11am - 6pm

Do I need a ticket?
There's no need to book your FREE ticket to the Wimbledon Art Fair, but if you do you could win £200 to spend at the show! Entries close at midnight on Tuesday 14 Nov - enter here

Which artists will be exhibiting at the Art Fair?
We have over 150 artists taking part in the 25th anniversary show, this November. You can view the full catalogue here

How do I get there?
The Art Fair takes place at Wimbledon Art Studios, SW17 0BB
By car: We have limited parking available, please use public transport where possible. 
By rail: Our nearest stations are Tooting Broadway (Northern Line) and Earlsfield (National Rail)
By bus: The 44/77/270 run along Garrett Lane, between Tooting Broadway and Earlsfield Stations. 
The 493 can be taken from Wimbledon Railway Station, along Plough Lane. Alight at the Wimbledon Stadium Stop.

Will there be anything for the children to do?
There certainly is! Art-K will be in studio 221, with lots of activities for the kids. Plus there will be workshops with Jacqui Kelly of Totally Sugar, screen printing with Jane Bain and many more. Pick up your activities programme from the reception desk when you arrive.

Are there any other activities?
From pottery demonstrations to Abstract Art talks, there's plenty to see and do.

Is there food and drink available at the Art Fair?
Yes, we have Mood Food Cafe providing culinary delights over the weekend and Cafe 2 U providing a selection of hot drinks. You can also enjoy a glass of Prosecco, beer or festive mulled wine at the bar.
Making a day of it? Pop into Ben's Canteen for a delicious brunch or hearty burger before or after the show. 

I'm in a wheelchair, will I be able to see the studios?
Yes, of course. There is wheelchair-friendly access to 7 out of the 8 floors, so there's plenty to see. Accessible toilets and blue badge parking bays will also be available. 

Can I pay by card at the Art Fair?
Yes, we can accept all major cards in the payment office and at the bar.

How can I support the Art Fair?
As a not-for-profit organisation, we are very grateful for any support we receive. There will be a number of donation stations across the 8 floors. Recommended donation is £4, which will go a long way to helping fund the show and supporting our artists. 

When is the next Art Fair?
The next Wimbledon Art Fair is the 10 - 13 May 2018. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all our news until then. 

If you have any questions, you can get in touch on 0208 947 1883 or enquiries@wimbledonartstudios.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you at the show

Artists selected for Chelsea Art Society Open Exhibition

Congratulations to the Wimbledon Art Studios' artists who have been selected to exhibit in the 70th Chelsea Art Society Open Exhibiton, which takes place this weekend. 

Artists include, Jane Wachman, Andrew Horrod, Kjell Folkvord, Henrietta Stuart and Louise Diggle  who will be exhibiting at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, from Thursday 26 - Monday 30 October. 

To find out more, visit chelseaartsociety.org.uk

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Call For Volunteers

We need volunteers for exciting front-of-house and behind-the-scenes roles throughout the duration of the show. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and gain experience working within a creative, collaborative environment.
Responsibilities Include:
·         Ensure that all visitors and artists have a positive experience at the show.
·         Maintain a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
·         Deal with any queries or questions about Wimbledon Art Studios.
·         Help visitors navigate the studios and direct them to the artist they are looking for.
·         Work behind the bar when necessary, selling drinks and preparing orders.
·         Provide information about Wimbledon Art Studios and the artists taking part in the show.
·         Maximise opportunities for visitors to donate and purchase affordable artwork. The Wimbledon Art Fair is self-funded and we rely on the generosity of our visitors to keep it going.

Try something new and gain additional skills in event management and organisation with Wimbledon Art Studios.

To apply for the role, send your CV to enquiries@wimbledonartstudios.co.uk

Upcoming exhibitions

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Let There Be Light

New works by Daphne Stephenson
13 - 22 October 2017
238 Old Brompton Gallery, Earl's Court SW5 ODE

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The Things I'll Give To You

Andrew McIntosh
19 Oct - 18 Nov
Beaux Arts London, 48 Maddox Street, W1S 1AY

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Game Girl

Debut solo exhibition from Sophie Tea
25 - 26 October 2017
5th Base Gallery, E1 5LJ

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A collection of new urban and floral paintings exploring surface by Richard Knight
31st October to 4th November 2017
Private View: 1st November, 5.30pm - 9pm
A&D Gallery, Marylebone, 51 Chiltern Street W1U 6LY  

Artist Interview with Idun Eustace

Hi Idun, so tell us about your work...

I work in oil on canvas or board. I am known for my abstract and semi-abstract work.

What inspires your work?

I create series of work from memories, using a certain palette. This summer, I have painted a small series of brightly coloured abstracts. 

We hear you've been shortlisted for a few awards this year... congratulations!

Yes, I have been shortlisted for the NEAC with two paintings and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters with another painting.

That's great news. What do you love about Wimbledon Art Studios?

Being able to work in a peaceful environment and, of course, the community.

Find out more about Idun and her practice in studio 115/142 at the Wimbledon Art Fair on the 16th - 19th November

 

 

Artist Interview with Heather Hodge

Heather Hodge is an upcoming artist at Wimbledon Art Studios, who is a Chartered Accountant by day and is in the early stages of her art career. We caught up with Heather to find out what she's been up to since the last show...

Hi Heather, so tell us a bit about your work...

I am inspired by impressionism and colour.  My work is abstract and an interpretation of nature.  I start with a colour palette and composition in mind but my images are led by the interaction of the colours and the compositions can become instinctive.  I want the paintings to be bold and full of movement.  I work with acrylic paint and use clear resin to achieve a glossy finish for a light and modern effect.

And what have you been working on since the May show?

My latest collection builds on floral painting that I started earlier this year and exhibited at the May Open Studios event.  But the pieces have become more abstract and more colourful!  The subject matter has also expanded with some pieces inspired by the sea.  I like to use triptychs and will be exhibiting a collection of those along with some larger pieces that could be sold individually or together.   

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

I am a Chartered Accountant and after years working in finance my Art career is in its infancy selling my first pieces at the Open Studios in May.  As my career progresses I look forward to growing as an artist and enjoying the journey! 

How has being an artist at Wimbledon Art Studios helped your career?

Joining the studios at Wimbledon Art Studios has been great for me and was a goal for me starting out in my art career having been a visitor at the Open Studios event in the past. I have benefitted from the experience of my fellow artists and inspired by their creations.  Everyone has been very friendly and welcoming! 

If you'd like to see more of Heather's work, visit her in studio 289 at the Wimbledon Art Fair on the 16 - 19th November 2017.