This 13-mile long route follows the River Wandle from Sutton, through Merton to where it enters the Thames in Wandsworth. The route links many pocket parks and two National Trust properties.
Andrew Sabin was appointed as the lead artist in June 2002 to develop an overarching artistic vision for the route, his proposals focused on looking closely at the river. He created a series of entrances, gateways and bridges, and his programme has also included collaboration with 5 students from Chelsea College of Art to produce works for the trail, assisting 3 artists to work in the community, directing and collaborating with the web designers and developing an ongoing programme of events and art interventions along the trail.
The community educational programme placed three artists with local schools and groups to explore and compliment Sabin's work. They focused on sight line along the river, flora and fauna and waste recycling. While the London Institute funded students from Chelsea Art College to carry out temporary projects on the route.
The Wandle Trail Artworks were funded by the Arts Council, Groundwork Merton, Merton BC, London Institute, Wandsworth BC, SEED Programme Bridge House Estates Trust, RSA Art and Architecture and Sustrans.
Plan your visit to the Wandle Trail.
Discover other Sustrans Art Trails across the UK.