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.
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.
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.