WAOH, we miss you!

For the past eighteen years, every October hundreds of artists, makers, and designers have opened up their homes and studios throughout Wandsworth to thousands of visitors from across London as part of Wandsworth Artists’ Open House (WAOH). The annual event is a unique moment to discover artists’ work and see the environments in which art is made, learn more about creative techniques, and connect with other locals.

With most works for sale, self-taught artists can learn more about the commercial side of the art world, and for many visitors it’s their first experience of buying a work of art too.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID19 pandemic we had to sadly cancel this year’s WAOH. In its place we have launched a new initiative, Wandsworth Art, on this website, to continue to show off the best of the borough’s creativity.

Over the first two weekends of October – when WAOH was set to take place – we will host special content from the Royal College of Art and Bounce Theatre on our channels. Expect activities and online talks that encourage local people to tap into their creativity, as well as professional development advice for rising artists and young creative people from industry experts.

All the same, we’ll miss WAOH this year, which has been embedded in the local cultural calendar for the past eighteen years. With a pang of nostalgia, we look back at some favourite WAOH moments here.