Art in the Park

Art in the Park – Open Call



Local artists invited to participate in new arts festival at Wimbledon’s Cannizaro Park

The Friends of Cannizaro Park is hosting an open call for local artists to join Art in the Park, a new event in Wimbledon’s Grade II listed park, taking place on 19 September.

Creatives from across the local area are invited to showcase their work – whether it’s painting, ceramic, photography, sculpture or illustration – by taking a space at the art fair section of the event. The art fair will be held outdoors in the park’s picturesque and popular Italian Gardens.

Held in partnership with The Merton Arts Festival and in collaboration with Wimbledon Bookfest and the park’s ACAVA Studio artists, Art in the Park is set to turn Cannizaro Park into a must-visit arts destination.

Alongside the arts fair there is a packed programme of masterclasses, workshops, talks, and open-air paint-alongs. Visitors can expect a sculpture trail through the woods, a series of expert-led masterclasses ranging from Japanese woodblock printing to tree drawing, as well as a family arts trail. Aimed at art lovers, amateur enthusiasts, budding artists and families alike, Art in the Park is a full day of creativity for the whole community to enjoy.

“Art in the Park has been created by local artists for local artists”, explains Catherine Nelson, Chair of The Friends of Cannizaro Park. “Our dedicated team of volunteers has experience across the areas of painting, printing and graphic design, and are fuelled by a passion for art and a love of our historical Wimbledon park. We look forward to welcoming local creatives to showcase their work to the community at our inaugural event.”

Art in the Park takes place on 19 September. Local creatives are invited to apply by Sunday 27th June. Further details about Art in the Park can be found here.

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About Cannizaro Park is a Grade II* listed park next to Wimbledon Common in the London Borough of Merton. The park has a long history dating back to its years as part of the Duke of Cannizaro’s Estate and its transition to a public Park when Merton Borough Council adopted it in 1949. Its Grade II status is due to some of the rare and exquisite plants which are all around the park. It has some superb trees and shrubs, which are attractive to both the horticulturalists and gardeners as well as those who come for a walk a picnic or simply to enjoy some peace and quiet in the many secluded areas of the park.

About The Friends of Cannizaro Park is a registered charity, whose aims are to provide oversight of the park in relation to its maintenance by the London Borough of Merton and to strive to commission improvements to the Park for the benefit of visitors and the local community as a whole. It is a small committee of trustees, members and many dedicated volunteers who give up their time to ensure that the park remains a jewel in Wimbledon’s crown, a haven for wildlife and an enduring attraction for its visitors.