Framed: art on local lamposts
Published: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Look up while out on your local high street and you’ll be able to see artworks by local artists hanging from the lampposts.
‘Framed’ is a new outdoor art project in Balham, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Furzedown, Tooting, Southfields, Wandsworth Town, Roehampton, and Putney, featuring 133 banners by 120 artists.
It is part of Wandsworth Art (wandsworthart.com). This was set up by the council’s arts team after events such as Wandsworth Artists Open House had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. It provides an online forum profiling hundreds of exceptional artists, designers, makers, poets, and arts organisations based in the borough.
The Framed project supports local artists by showing their work in shared public spaces, turning high streets into art galleries and encouraging people to shop locally. There is a broad range of artistic disciplines and styles on display including contemporary painting, traditional portraiture, photography to conceptual art, digital drawing, sculpture and illustration.
Artworks have been selected from the artists and makers featured on the Wandsworth Art website (wandsworthart.com), a project launched in 2020 to promote local artists after the pandemic led to the cancellation of all exhibitions and events.
Artists represented include Jayson Singh, a contestant from this year’s Sky Portrait Artist of the Year (his work Extracting the Goodness of My Roots is pictured above) , Frances Richardson, whose work is held in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection, Bettina Paterson and Aurelia Bennett, a mother and daughter artist duo from Putney, photographer Sarah-Jane Field, performance artist Rosie Gibbens, Sim Hock Neoh, Rowana Mallett (who works under the name South Island Art) and Balham-based artist Nnena Kalu and photographer Steve Reeves.
The youngest artist is three-year-old Carlos Gabriel González Guidote, who presents his ‘Mr Strawberry’ drawing in Tooting, and the oldest is Roehampton resident Nur Ali Sheikh, who is still making art at the age of 93.
Wandsworth Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and Open Spaces, Councillor Steffi Sutters, said: “It is wonderful to walk down our high streets and see local artists’ work on display.
Millie by Monica Brufton can be seen in Wandsworth Town
“Each year, as part of Wandsworth Artists’ Open House, I am amazed by the wealth of artistic talent within the community this year it has been fantastic to be able to transpose that creativity from inside people’s homes and studioes into the public realm and give it a wider audience.
“Digital creative activity has contributed so much to many residents' lives during the pandemic but now is the time to move forward, to bring art to our nine high streets in an accessible and fun way.”
The installations in Wandsworth Town, Putney and Clapham Junction have been done in partnership with the local Business Improvement Districts. Funding for the project came from both Wandsworth Council and the European Regional Development Fund.
You can find the full list of the 130 participating artists at www.wandsworthart.com/framed
Where to see the artworks:
- Balham - Balham High Road, Bedford Hill
- Clapham Junction - Battersea Rise, St John’s Road, Northcote Road, St John’s Hill, Lavender Hill
- Earlsfield - Garratt Lane
- Furzedown - Mitcham Lane
- Putney - Putney High Street
- Roehampton - Danebury Avenue, Roehampton Lane, Medfield Street
- Southfields - Replingham Road, Wimbledon Park Road
- Tooting - Tooting High Street, Upper Tooting Road
- Wandsworth Town - West Hill, Wandsworth High Street, Old York Road, Garratt Lane