Stories, sheds and much more as we prepare for Open House London and beyond!

As our STEAM Summer Programme draws to a close, we still have lots to share with you this autumn. First up are a selection of unique commissioned projects which are being shared as part of Open House London 2023 - a two-week annual festival celebrating London’s homes, architecture and neighbourhoods. In Sutton, we’re celebrating the festival on the weekend of the 9th and 10th September 2023. Read more about Open House London 2023.

Three activities for the programme have been specially commissioned as part of Sutton STEAMs Ahead. This includes a new exhibition about the history of transport and a series of public art photography commissions sited along Sutton High Street and in Queen Mary’s Park.

Stories from...The Welsh Chapel

Stories from…The Welsh Chapel on Lind Road in Sutton New Town is part of our Shed Loads of Happiness (Stories from the Shed) strand. The event shares a new exhibition about the history of transport developed by Sutton New Town Community Festival and the team at The Welsh Chapel. Titled ‘Where are you going?,’ the exhibition draws on historic postcards collections and material from the London Borough of Sutton Archives to explore the social impact of various modes of transport over time. Artwork created by local school children inspired by the theme of transport will also be incorporated into the displays. Open Saturday 9 September, 10am-4pm & Sunday 10 September, 10am-3pm. FREE. Drop in.
Illustration of a race between two people on bicycles, a car, a dog and a horse and carriage

Portraits of the South

Part of the Then, Now, Next series, Portraits of the South is a public art trail created by local photographer Abi Partington-Moran. Using the double exposure photography technique, Abi has captured people and places of Sutton in order to share a new understanding of the area and the people that make it. These unique images will be on display along Sutton High Street, and the St Nicholas Way underpass between All Bar One and Wetherspoons, from 9 September-7 October. FREE.
A man and woman projected onto a building

Topography of Sutton

Topography of Sutton, by visual storyteller Moses Baako, explores the intersection between the advances of civil engineering and the ever-changing landscapes of Sutton. Using Queen Mary's Park as its focal point, the display demonstrates how the everyday areas we move around in often undergo drastic changes over time. Also part of the Then, Now, Next series, the exhibition will be on show out in the open in Queen Mary’s Park, Carshalton, SM5 4PY from 16-23 September. FREE.
A sole bench in Queen Mary's park
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