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Tooting Art Trail


The Tooting Art Trail is launched this weekend, part of Wandsworth Artists Open House. Meet local artists in Tooting Furzedown and Balham, see how they create their work and have a go yourself!  Artists’ homes and studios will be open 11am – 6pm on weekends of 5th to 6th and 12th to 13th October.

Download your copy of the Tooting, Furzedown and Balham Art Trail.

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For a preview of the Tooting Art Trail, catch a selection of work at our new exhibition at Graveney & Meadow.



October 5, 2013 at 12:18 am Leave a comment

We love Tooting…

I have recently come across wonderful Tooting inspired art, including work by Paul Clements and local artists Em Oliver , Paul McBride and Lucy Loves This.  Let us know if you know if any more…

Here is Paul Clement’s painting of Tooting library on display in St Georges Hospital.


Em Oliver is a very creative local artist who loves Tooting!  Look out for the exciting events she has planned over the summer.


And you can buy these South London inspired prints from Paul McBride…


And this one from Lucy Loves This…


July 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

Common Knowledge


Jacques Nimki – Common Knowledge

14 March 2012 – 2 September 2013

Common Knowledge is based on Tooting Common, a 221 acre site within Wandsworth. It will use as its foundation the ecological significance of the site, both in terms of wildlife habitats and plant species, together with the cultural history to tell its story to the local community and visitors alike. The project seeks to unlock the heritage secrets of the site and draw on a heritage that stretches back before the 1870s when it was changed from primarily agricultural use to that of recreation.

Common Knowledge seeks to restore the hidden heritage of this unique public space in London, and give it a voice in the community.  A team of volunteers drawn from local residents will become  “Guardians of the Common Knowledge”  (GOCKs) who will work with artist Jacques Nimki  to create a programme of workshops, events, tours, alternative signage, maps and apps that will unfold across the Common during the next 18 months.

When we look at place in relation to people, we can see clearly that a place should not be seen as independent as bounded and as separate from other places.  A plot of land may indeed be a line drawn on a map, separated by roads and defined by colour, a place is defined by the people who use it and how they use it and why Places should be seen as open; that is, as receptive to ideas, people and power relations, extending way beyond them.” (D Massey, ‘Spatial Divisions of Labour’ 1995)

In all parks or common areas, such as Tooting common, returning users form habitual behavior, arrive at a particular time, park in the same place and walk in a certain direction, usually accessing what is officially made available – the café, the duck-pond, the path, the pool, the play area etc. Others, more casual users tend to interact with the common in a different way, To escape, walk and think, to make love and drink, to celebrate cultural or family events, and to play games and roam, the choices numerous, arbitrary and in many cases one off.  In addition, the common is also more than the people who use it or how it is thought of as a place situated in time. It is also home to thousands of species of flora and fauna that exist in a hidden history of their own making, living and growing in spaces that are usually unexplored and in most cases generally ignored. “(Jacques Nimki)

Jacques Nimki works from and within the urban landscape, using mainly weeds and flowers as a way of exploring how we preceive others and ourselves within particular environments. He works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, installation and education and research projects.

Exhibitions and commissions include ‘Charter of the Forest: the Collection’, Lincoln 2011, Tatton Park Biennial 2009, ‘Offsite’, Ikon Gallery 2007, Camden Arts Centre 2004 and a recent project at Compton Verney ‘s ‘Summer Space’.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and developed in partnership with London Borough of Wandsworth.

October 19, 2012 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

October 19, 2012 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

Tooting,Furzedown and Balham Art Trail

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September 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

2012 Wandsworth Artists Open House

Wandsworth Artists Open House takes place this year on the 6th and 7th October and 13th and 14th October.

Visit the Wandsworth Arts website for details of events all over the borough and look out for the Tooting Art Trail, arriving through your letter box very soon!

Image source: Wandsworth Arts


September 6, 2012 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

Crafty Pint autumn workshops

September 1, 2012 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

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