A brand new arts and cultural space in the heart of Wimbledon. Upcoming events include: theatre, comedy nights, live music, dance, DJing workshops and author talks.
Up and coming events:
Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart. Bookings now open!
Don't miss a special performance by Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart on Saturday July 1 2017, at Merton Art Space
Jah, aka John Wardle, is an English bass guitarist, singer, poet and composer, who originally found fame as Public Image Limited's first bass player in the late 1970s, but left the band in the early 1980s after two albums.
Following his departure from PiL, he went on to a successful solo career, and formed Invaders of the Heart soon afterwards. He has had a number of successful albums since then both as a solo artist and in collaboration with artists from all over the world, including Baaba Maal, Dolores O'Riordan, and Chaka Demus.
This very special performance promises to be “a heady trip through four decades of music, with a powerful new Invaders of the Heart Line Up.” The Invaders Of The Heart “firm” is comprised of Jah Wobble on bass and vocals, Marc Layton-Bennett on drums, George King on Keys and Martin Chung on guitar.
Jah Wobble has recently been announced as the London Libraries Lead Ambassador. Follow the campaign
Saturday July 1, 7.30pm
Admission £17 + Booking fee
The Golden Age of Caricature: Rude Britannia
Free U3A Talk at Merton Arts Space
Ian Haywood Professor of English at the University of Roehampton talks about the period from the 1780s to the 1830s which saw a remarkable efflorescence of political cartoons. What happened afterwards and does caricature matter to us now?
12th May, 2.00pm-3.00pm
Doors open 1.30pm. Refreshments.
No need to book. Admission free.
Brought to you by Merton U3A
Creative Networking Event
Baseless Fabric, Attic Theatre Company and Merton Arts Space are organising an informal event to bring together creative people living or working in the London Borough of Merton.
You do not need to be a professional artist – we are looking to get to know creative people of all disciplines who live or practice in the local area and are interested in artistic collaboration. You may be an old hand or a newbie or somewhere in between. You may have a definite role or just be curious to find out more. All are welcome.
May 15, 7.30pm-9.30pm
Sound Space at Merton Arts Space
Next concert date: 27 May, Doors open at 8:00pm.
Tickets £8;00 on the night or £6:60 in advance via this link
The next SoundSpace night will feature some of the finest improvising and experimental musicians around. An electronic duo of Phil Julian and John Macedo will be followed by Sarah Gail Brand and her quartet of Steve Beresford, John Edwards and Mark Sanders. One not to miss!
Phil Julian & John Macedo
Phil and John have been collaborating since 2012 using dual modular synthesisers, electronics and computers.
Phil Julian is a UK based composer and improviser active since the late 1990’s. He works principally with electronic devices and computers. John Macedo is a sound artist from London, who has incorporated everything from acoustic instruments and environmental sound to analogue and computer synthesis into his recorded works.
Sarah Gail Brand
Described by The Wire magazine as the most exciting trombone player for years, Sarah Gail Brand has recorded and performed on the international Jazz and Improvised Music since the early 1990s with Mark Sanders, John Edwards, Billy Jenkins, Elton Dean, Evan Parker, Phil Minton, Lol Coxhill, Alexander Hawkins, Maggie Nicols, Rachel Musson, Wadada Leo Smith, Jason Yarde, Steve Beresford and countless others.
Sarah can also be heard as an occasional presenter on Jazz on 3 (BBC Radio 3).
Steve has been a central figure in the British improvising scene for over thirty years, working with the likes of Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, Christian Marclay and, of course, Alterations.
Steve has worked with hundreds of people, including The Slits, Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Ray Davies, Ilan Volkov, The Flying Lizards, Otomo Yoshihide, The Portsmouth Sinfonia and John Zorn.
He has an extensive discography as performer, arranger, composer and producer, and was was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2012.
John Edwards is a true virtuoso whose staggering range of techniques and boundless musical imagination have redefined the possibility of the double bass and dramatically expanded its role, whether playing solo or with others. Perpetually in demand, he has played with Evan Parker, Sunny Murray, Derek Bailey, Joe McPhee, Lol Coxhill, Peter Brötzmann, Mulatu Astatke and many others.
“I think John Edwards is absolutely remarkable: there’s never been anything like him before, anywhere in jazz.” – Richard Williams, The Blue Moment
Mark Sanders has been acclaimed as “the most exciting, original and overwhelmingly powerful drummer alive” (Steve Reynolds, Jazz Corner) and his precise and propulsive drumming has graced projects with, to name but a few, Evan Parker, Jah Wobble, Broadcast, Agusti Fernandez, Christian Marclay, Matthew Shipp, John Butcher, Roswell Rudd, Henry Grimes and Otomo Yoshihide.
“ubiquitous, diverse and constantly creative, drummer Mark Sanders always outdoes himself".
Merton Arts Space
Compton Rd, Wimbledon,
London SW19 7QA
Ali Smith launching Wimbledon BookFest at Merton Arts Space on October 5 2017.
Watch this space for booking details.