Sutton libraries welcome top professional artists as part of London festival

Sutton’s libraries which are among the highest-rating services provided by the borough’s Liberal Democrat Council have been chosen to host an artist-in-residence - one of just five boroughs in London to be selected.

It’s part of the SPINE Festival which will see Sutton libraries hosta series offree arts events. SPINE is London’s first ever pan-London libraries festival for children and young people, and began with World Book Day on Thursday, 5 March.

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Image: Artist Andy D’Cruz

Andy D’Cruz, an internationally successful artist for 20 years, is sound installation and even Lego to run interactive workshops, starting at the Circle Library. His project explores the concept of ‘Home’. It’s the first time Sutton libraries have hosted an artist-in-residence.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Liberal Democrat Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said:  “I am delighted that Sutton is hosting this fantastic festival which will provide children and young people with a diverse range of exciting, creative events and activities.

“It is particularly exciting that Sutton has been chosen as one of just five London boroughs to host an artist-in-residence – this is a unique opportunity for our young people to get involved in some very engaging workshops which give new meaning to the term ‘art’.

“It is never too early or too late to embrace the arts and our libraries are just the place to do that, so please come along.”

SPINE was developed by Apples and Snakes, as part of its work as an Associate Bridge organisation funded by Arts Council England, in partnership with library authorities across London.

Events happening in Sutton Libraries include:

  • Library Live: Spoken Word Workshop with Rachel Sambrooks, Sutton Central Library, conference room, Saturday 7 March, 10am to 4pm and Saturday 14 March, 2 to 5pm, places limited, book at libraryliveworkshops.eventbrite.co.uk
  • Library Live: Open Mic Night, using the skills developed in the workshops, Sutton Central Library, conference room, Saturday 14 March, 7 to 9pm.
  • Andy D’Cruz at Circle Library, Green Wrythe La, Carshalton SM5 1JJ, Wednesday 4 March and Thursday 5 March and Wednesday 11 March to Friday 13 March.

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