Wandsworth Art 2020: A look back

As we all know, we were unable to realise Wandsworth Artists’ Open House as normal in this not-so-normal year. However, we still wanted to mark the occasion with a celebration of Wandsworth’s creative talent and inspire our local residents, artists and young people.

Wandsworth Art did this by launching the nine day programme on 3 October with Royal College of Art, who invited us to add content to a map of our Everyday Landmarks, and take a look at the impacts of climate change through a digital portal. The highlight of the day was RCA students talking about how we can digitise our artwork for new online audiences.

We continued to highlight our local artists through our profiles section. Our artist of the month (October 2020) was Olivia Twist, who also contributed a curated selection of artists. You can look through the Wandsworth Art Curated: programme here.

There was also a celebration of our outdoor spaces, in particular a guide to Nine Elms and their current public art offer which includes some incredible works by world renowned artists such as Sarah Lucas and Yinka Ilori.

We ended the nine days of activity with Bounce Theatre‘s programme of workshops and StoryClub zines filled with activities and inspiration for young people and families on how to make, breathe and do. The highlight of the takeover day was Katie Halliday Turner’s poetry workshop.

Finally, to celebrate, we interviewed RCA graduate’s POor Collective who inspire positive social action and creative change – a look forward to Wandsworth’s creative and innovative future.