Merton Arts Trail Receives Civic Award

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Merton Arts Trail Receives Civic Award

Popular Open House festival wins a Merton Civic Award for Arts and Entertainment

Merton Arts Trail, the Open House event held each September with the ambition of transforming the Borough’s artistic profile, has been awarded a Civic Award within the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ category for, among other things, “giving artists who work from home the opportunity to share their work with a wider audience than they usually might.”

Merton Civic Awards are a partnership between Merton Council and the Wimbledon Guardian. An annual event, the Awards aim to give recognition to individuals and teams within the area who put their time, commitment and energy into community-based projects.

Speaking earlier this week at the Merton Civic Award ceremony held at Wimbledon Studios, Councillor Krystal Miller, Mayor of Merton commented to those who had been nominated: Every week as Mayor I have the privilege to meet people from across the Borough who help make Merton a great place to live and work. More than that, you make it a community and make a real difference to the lives of others. It is inspiring and I am delighted to see you, our community stars, being brought together and recognised in this way.”

Nick Hitchens, Assistant Editor of Wimbledon Guardian said: “The people here tonight are all extremely deserving and I am delighted to welcome every one of them for a night celebrating the quality that makes Merton different from other London suburbs — its amazing people.”

Wendy Bliss, co-founder for the Merton Arts Trail commented: “This award could not be received at a better time for the Trail as we enter into our fourth year. We are expecting this year to be even bigger and better. We are definitely seeing an appetite for what we are doing within the Borough from both the artists who are participating, and members of the public who attend. We are thrilled to be given this award and are extremely grateful for the judging panel for giving us recognition.”

Merton Arts Trail takes place during two weekends in September, when the SW19 postcode becomes synonymous with the arts rather than tennis. Emerging and established artists are given the opportunity to exhibit and sell their latest work in homes, studios, galleries and shops in this community-based festival of the arts.

Visitors to Merton Arts Trail can create a personalised experience, by using a map and catalogue to direct them to participating venues as well as providing them with contact details for the artists, who they can meet with to discuss their work. All exhibitions are free and artists benefit 100% from any sales.

Merton Arts Trail, which was launched in 2010 and has more than doubled in size since its inception. Last year it featured 140 artists.

Merton Arts Trail (MAT), founded in 2010, is an Open House event held across the London Borough of Merton. Each September, the SW19 postcode becomes synonymous with the arts rather than tennis, when emerging and established artists are given the opportunity to exhibit and sell their latest work in homes, studios, galleries and shops in this community-based festival of the arts.

MAT is a charitable social enterprise, where all funds raised are used to support visual arts locally and to create an event for all to enjoy. http://www.mertonartstrail.org.uk

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