Discover the most exciting art on your doorstep this autumn
Over 130 artists from all across the borough invite you into their homes and studios to enjoy art in the most personal and relaxed settings.
INFORMATION FOR VISITORS
With Wandsworth Artists’ Open House (WAOH) you can enjoy art in an informal and relaxed setting and meet the talented artists you didn’t know were on your doorstep.
Visiting Wandsworth Artists’ Open House is like taking a real magical mystery tour around your own area, with a fantastic and sometimes surprising range of art to discover and enjoy.
You may even learn a thing or two about making artwork yourself: a number of artists are offering free hands-on making activities for the whole family during WAOH. Find out about the events and workshops taking place here. With working studios, living rooms and even garden sheds turned into exhibition spaces, you are guaranteed a warm welcome and a great day out!
WAOH is also an excellent way of buying artwork for your own home – buying directly from artists means you can enjoy owning unique art while avoiding gallery prices.
On this website you can browse through this year’s participating artists, and plan your own personalised trail of houses to visit – just click the stars on your favourite listings and then select the ‘Your Trail’ tab to print out your list. You can also create a trail based on area. Just type in a postcode and a list of nearby houses will appear.
Printed local trail guides and maps will be available to collect from libraries across the borough and other local venues. On the days of the event, look out for posters in windows or bunting-festooned gates, which will signpost an Open House venue.
Once again you can vote for your favourite Open House – the winner will receive free registration for next year’s event. Please ask an artist for a feedback form on your visit to place your vote.
Most Open Houses venues are personal homes and thus unlikely to be equipped for wheelchair access. Many participating public venues will be accessible, however; these are marked with a wheelchair symbol, which indicates that a venue has large doorways, level access or a lift, and an accessible toilet. Open Houses displaying the stairs symbol either do not have level access or present a steps challenge.
Listing that bear the family friendly symbol are particularly welcoming to families with young children and breastfeeding mothers. This does not suggest that other venues are not happy to accommodate your family, but they may not have the ideal space to do so, or the artwork on display might be fragile or less appropriate for young children. Feel free to explore as you wish!
Venues displaying the refreshments symbol will have either tea/coffee and/or cakes, wine or snacks on offer. Artists often go the extra mile to make you feel welcome, so feel free to make a donation if you wish.
If you would like assistance with creating a trail that meets your access requirements, please contact [email protected] or call 020 3959 0020.