Free live music every Sunday RETURNING SOON!
With children's shows on every weekend, a theatre school running in the day and events in the evening from blues to stand up comedy, this 500+ year old theatre is a treasured spot for our vibrant capital city.
The theatre also host events on our bandstand area including KidsFest and orchestral concerts throughout the year. They are free and very special events involving
The Craft Gallery showcases and sells the art and craftsmanship of a collective of artists all year round. We also have exhibitions and free workshops at The Nice Gallery and Abbey Mills Gallery.
Every year The Craft Gallery organises a BIG DRAW event to bring people of all ages to come and get involved in painting, chalking, drawing.....!
Keep checking the website for extra workshops as part of the Merton Arts Trail in September!
Bee Creative Art Hub
Bee Creative Art Hub run courses and lessons designed to support imagination and creativity through a fun relaxing environment. Classes are small and friendly with a teacher and a small number of students, so everyone receives lots of individual attention.
Children’s art is at the heart of what we do. We run Saturday morning and week day after-school classes. In addition to a Friday Evening Art Club for adults, as a place to learn and develop a new skill while socialising with other budding artists.
all here at Merton Abbey Mills every week!
Now in its 4th year, the Wandle Studio Prize is going from strength to strength with not one but two separate applicants winning this year’s prize, which provides FREE studio space within which to launch a new creative business for one year.
The Wandle Studio Prize is a financially supported residency and career opportunity for third year students working in any medium from the BA Fine Art or BA Theatre & Screen pathways at Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL. The prize is awarded to either one artist or designer, or a small group/collective.
The competition is run by Wimbledon College of Arts and the business premises are funded by Office Estates Limited and aims to support students making the early career transition from being undergraduates to professional practitioners.
This year there were two outstanding candidates deemed worthy enough that each was awarded the final prize. Both winners work in film, theatre and television productions skills: one with special effects and the other focusing on costume design.
The first of the winners was Thomas Tuohey, a graduate from BA Technical Arts & Special Effects. He proposes to launch a business which would develop his work in creating specialist mechanical and sculptural parts for the burgeoning special effects marketing in film and television. He also plans to run short courses from the space, which would focus on teaching basic skills such a life casting for artistic purposes to more advanced materials practice, moulding and 3D mechanical design for printing to other practitioners keen to extend their skills.
Also awarded a space was a group of graduates from the BA Costume Interpretation course: Carmen Whiteley, Charlotte Riddington, Sophie Brewer, Eleanor Freeman and Katherine Cox, whose practice focuses on making both theatrical and film costumes, as well as carrying out detailed historical research that informs the making process. They intend to use their studio as a shared costume workroom, where they can continue to create costumes with the facilities and space required to complete freelance work, allowing them the flexibility to take on work for student, fringe and independent productions that often do not have the budget or space for a dedicated costume workroom.
Of the studio’s location, they said: “Merton Abbey Mills has been involved in the creation of fabric and fashion since the seventeenth century, and as craftspeople who work almost exclusively with cloth; we would relish the opportunity to be even a small part of continuing the legacy of the textiles industry at Merton Abbey Mills.”
Office Estates Limited own and manage Merton Abbey Mills, a unique historical riverside setting home to an entire community of creative arts and award-winning, independent food producers and businesses.
Chloe Spicer of Object Book