A new arts festival is set to turn Wimbledon Village’s Grade II* listed Cannizaro Park into a must-visit arts destination. Taking place on Sunday 19th September, Art in the Park combines masterclasses for adults of all artistic abilities, family friendly workshops, a sculpture trail and an art fair showcasing local talent.
The one-day event is supported by Viking, the award-winning cruise line, and has been created by a dedicated volunteer team of artists from The Friends of Cannizaro Park. Continuing a rich history of art displays in the park’s beautiful landscape, this event is held in collaboration with Merton Arts Festival, the park’s ACAVA artists’ studios and Wimbledon Bookfest’s Sunset Festival, which is taking place on the same weekend.
All our classes are now sold out but there is plenty to do at Art in the Park without booking - browse in the art fair, help build a community sculpture, wander along the sculpture trail, or drop in at the Art Hub to pick up materials and try something creative for your self. Join us for a day of creativity and community!Download our guide
Thanks to our major sponsor, Hartley Fowler LLP, we are offering a varied and inspiring programme of masterclasses for adults aged 16+
In this relaxed and fun workshop, Laura will share the foundational steps involved in creating your own botanical work in watercolour.
Click here to book tickets for Botanical Art with Laura Crossman
Learn how to design, carve and print striking rubber stamp repeat patterns with Ben Hendy, an award-winning printmaker and bookbinder.
Click here to book tickets for Repeat Pattern Printing with Ben Hendy
Discover the art of Japanese Woodblock Printmaking with renowned printmaker, painter, and installation artist, Hiroko Imada
Click here to book tickets for Japanese Woodblock Printing with Hiroko Imada
Explore Bessie’s 4C’s for creating a successful plein air landscape painting: Composition, Contrast, Colour and Character.
Click here to book tickets for Landscape Painting Outdoors with Bessie Millar
Investigate texture, tone and mark-making to make observational and experimental charcoal and graphite drawings of Cannizaro’s trees.
Click here to book tickets for Drawing Cannizaro's Trees with Sharon Smart
Thanks to our major sponsor, EQ Investors, we have a fantastic programme of children’s workshops. Workshops are also supported by Artfully Sorted Art Consultancy, Holden Harper and Cygnets Art School. Note all children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Join in a fun, interactive reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, then make your own caterpillar pictures with tissue paper collage, inspired by the original illustrations.
Click here to book tickets for Storytelling & Caterpillar Collage Inspired by Eric Carle
Learn all sorts of fascinating owl facts, discover how to draw an owl and make wax rubbings from trees and leaves to create an owl collage.
Click here to book tickets for Storytelling and Crafts with Jane Porter
Aimed at kids who love drawing cartoons and manga, this class will teach them how to develop their characters and use them to tell stories through animation.
Click here to book tickets for Creating Characters for Animation with Sam McSweeney
Inspired by Merton’s rich design heritage, children can learn a simple technique for block printing, design and ink up their own printing plate, and take home a printed pennant.
Click here to book tickets for Blockprinting with Made in Merton
Taking inspiration from the wonderful plants growing in Cannizaro Park, young students will create illustrations using coloured inks and dip pens.
Click here to book tickets for Painting Plants and Nature with Cygnets Art School
Using coloured inks and dip pens, students will observe and take inspiration from Cannizaro’s wildlife to create exciting illustrations.
Click here to book tickets for Beetles Workshop with Cygnets Art School
Throughout the day, visitors of all ages are invited to contribute to the Viking Community Sculpture, designed by renowned local sculptor Tim Norris. Tim will lead a workshop, helping you to create elements of the natural sculpture and build it into a large-scale work that will remain on display in the park.
Pick up some art materials at the Art Hub and get creative! Sally Booth, one of our acclaimed Pottery Sheds artists, will be leading a drawing workshop helping participants create their own unique vision of the park. A rota of other local artists will be on hand to inspire and assist through the day.
50 artists will be showing their work at the Art Fair, held in Cannizaro Park’s picturesque Italian Gardens. Discover a range of local talent in painting, printmaking, ceramics and jewellery-making, including the artists from the park’s ACAVA pottery shed studios.
With the generous support of Peacock & Co Solicitors in Wimbledon Village, we will be reviving the rich history of sculpture in Cannizaro Park with a sculpture trail through the woods, including a floating sculpture installed on the pond!
Art in the Park is supported by headline sponsor Viking, the award-winning cruise line, with major sponsorship from EQ Investors wealth management and Hartley Fowler chartered accountants (Masterclasses Tent). Further activity sponsorship is provided by Peacock & Co Solicitors, King’s College School, Artfully Sorted, Cygnets Art School and Holden Harper Architects.
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Hotel du Vin - take a break from shopping and creating and book lunch in the fabulous bistro at Hotel du Vin
Bookfest Sunset Festival - complete your cultural weekend experience by combining a visit to Art in the Park with a talk at the Bookfest tent on the common.