Arts funding for learning

Merton Arts Space which opened at the end of last year at the back of Wimbledon Library and Mitcham Library have been awarded funding for youth literacy, arts and culture initiatives.

Funding of £142,000 from Arts Council England will be used to promote the library services in Merton to 11-to-18-year-olds.

Artists will work with teenagers to develop a series of performances inspired by the theme “My Library”. 

Arts Council England’s London area director, Joyce Wilson, said: “This project will inject a vital shot of energy into an area of outer London that will really feel the benefits.

“With our support, Merton Council will not only create cultural contact points for young people who may not have been able to access much art and culture before, but dedicated physical spaces that they can help shape and make their own.”

Since opening on 2 December 2016, Merton Arts Space has become a flexible multipurpose library and performance area, with moveable bookcases, tables and chairs.

The facility also includes professional standard lighting and sound equipment and has an audience capacity of 250 seated or 300 standing.

Upcoming events include Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart performance on Saturday 1 July 2017.

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