Registrations are now open for 2014. Visit www.wandsworthart.com to register by 7 July.
If you don’t know much about the event or are undecided as to whether it’s for you, read on.
SW11 needs you!
“I’m not a painter. Can I take part?”
Oil paintings. Photography. Watercolours. Acrylic paintings. Woodcuts. Monoprints. Ceramics. Screen prints. Stoneware. Jewellery. Textiles. Mosaics. Glassware. Soft furnishings. Collage and mixed media. Sculpture. Illustration. Etching. Drawing. Tapestry. Quilting. Knitting. Linocuts. All were represented in 2012 and more are welcome in 2013. We welcome all artists and arts practise – including craft, design and conceptually driven work. Even if you do not create items that are readily for sale, there is a place for you! We want to put the hidden cultural vibrancy of Battersea and Balham on the map and have lots of ideas about how we can do it.
“I’ve never exhibited before. I’m nervous!”
Don’t be! Every year, many artists exhibit for the first time at the Open House. It’s a relaxed and low key way of introducing your art to an audience. Why not invite your friends and neighbours and make it a social event.
“I’m not sure I have enough work to exhibit. My home isn’t suitable”
Many artists share a venue with others. This is a good option as you share the cost, increase potential visitor numbers, and have some fun. If you would like to exhibit but do not wish to do so alone, we can put you in touch with other exhibitors in your area with a view to sharing a venue. Think creatively about exhibition space. Do you have a shed? Or a gazebo or teepee? Could you use some business premises?
“I’m not a full-time artist. Is the Open House for me?”
Yes. It doesn’t matter whether you practise full-time or part-time, already exhibit and sell or are a new exhibitor. We want the Open House to represent everyone – full-time artists, students, stay-at-home parents, older people.
“What if no one turns up?”
They will. The Open House is promoted by Wandsworth Council. In 2011 we worked extra hard to generate more artists and visitors. We run regular networking events so that artists can meet each other and promote each other’s work. We also partner with local businesses to raise sponsorship for our marketing activities and work with local schools to raise awareness amongst families.
If you think you might be interested in joining us in 2015 add your comment here or contact Louise Gillard at firstname.lastname@example.org.