2012 North Bristol Art Trail on 24th & 25th November

Now in its 11th year, the North Bristol Art Trail will once again be offering a spectacular array of artwork from over 100 artists displaying in more than 50 venues across the north of Bristol. The doors of their homes, studios, cafes, bars and community venues will be open on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November from 10am to 6pm. Also, selected venues will hold a preview evening with wine and nibbles on Friday 23rd November.

An enormous variety of artwork is available to buy and free to see. A range of paintings, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, mosaics and glasswork will be on show and you’ll find a high level of quality of work (many of our artists are professional) as well as a warm welcome.  The trail has become a popular and regular event in the North Bristol calendar. Many people take on the challenge of visiting every single venue over the two days, which is quite an undertaking!

The trail covers a large patch of North Bristol stretching from St Andrews across Bishopston to Henleaze, Westbury Park, Redland and along the Gloucester Road. Although the majority of artists exhibit in their own homes in the area, many public venues offer exhibition spaces.  These include Halo, Artemis, Planet Pizza and Lashings Coffee House on the Gloucester Road and Heart Space Studios just off Coldharbour Road.

The best way to appreciate the trail is on foot or by bicycle. The trail map, which identifies each venue is being distributed to many residents in these areas, will be available in libraries and local shops as well as on the NBA website – visit www.northbristolartists.org.uk

In addition to the art browsers, there are those who come with a more serious eye to buy affordable art from talented artists. As this is the last art trail of the year in Bristol, it’s a welcome event for those looking for unique and special Christmas presents for loved ones. There’ll be lots of children’s activities at different venues and they will have stickers to collect on the trail.

All of the Community venues and many of the artist’s studios and houses will serve refreshments for you: tea, coffee, soft drinks and of course a selection of homemade cakes. It’s a day out to suit everyone!

As a build up to the Art Trail weekend, artists contribute work to be exhibited in Group Shows which will be held from November 4th until the trail weekend. Group shows this year are to be held at Planet Pizza on Gloucester Rd, Niche Frames in Stokes Croft and The Bird Table on Coldharbour Rd.  These shows give an exciting prelude to the trail weekend. Call in to any one of these venues for a map and plan your route.

The North Bristol Artists website, Facebook page and Twitter are up and running year round so check them for other upcoming events and also to see who is featured as Artist of the Month.

North Bristol Artists are a very active and social group. They work together year round to create exhibitions and ‘pop up shops’ such as the recent, highly successful, show at the Parlour Showrooms on College Green. Plans are afoot to exhibit in the windows of Spyglass on Welshback from November until March which will offer an excellent way to check out artists’ work.

Although the trail happens only once a year, gift vouchers are available throughout the year to purchase artwork all year round from NBA members. These vouchers make a convenient and much appreciated birthday or Christmas present if you’re unable to make your mind up about choosing the right piece of artwork for family and friends. Please see the NBA website for further information about how to purchase these vouchers.

As a membership organisation, North Bristol Artists works with the local community throughout the year and this is reflected in the community involvement in the Trail.  We are delighted to continue working with Horfield Prison where the Visitors Centre will be open once again displaying the residents’ work.  Other community venues will be the Sakya Buddhist Centre in Gloucester Road, and Horfield Baptist Church. The Buddhist centre will be displaying its extensive Tibetan art collection and the Baptist Church will have work on show from Lighting Up, NBA artists and local children.

Lighting Up is an inspiring charity that works with people with dementia and their families throughout the year. Many of the North Bristol Artists are involved in this project and give their time for free. The participants produce individual and group pieces and it’s really fulfilling to be able to showcase this work every year.

If you like a musical accompaniment to your art then head along to St. Bartholomew’s Church, St Andrews. This is a very popular venue where we will be exhibiting a number of artists work accompanied by some fantastic live performances by an eclectic mix of local musicians.  The programme starts around midday on both trail days. Also take time to visit venue 44 in Burghley Road where you can relax with a programme of singing, reading and acoustic performances throughout both afternoons.  Check the NBA website or Facebook page for more details.

The NBA is committed to providing accessibility for everyone. Each year we increase the number of the community and home venues which are accessible with wheelchairs or buggies and these will be clearly marked on our trail map.

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