The North Bristol Art Trail 26-27th November 10am – 6pm

by Cath Read

by Cath Read

The North Bristol Art Trail 26-27th November 10am – 6pm. Preview Night in some venues, 25th Friday 7-9pm.

The North Bristol Art Trail is now in its 14th year and still going strong. As always, you can expect to be thrilled by the range, quality and volume of creative output. From small jewellery and textile items to huge outdoor sculpture, there really is something here for everyone. It’s a chance to look at original art and talk to the artists in their home setting or see group shows at community venues in the area. Taking place at the end of November means that the Art Trail is the perfect time to find original and inspiring Christmas gifts, or treat yourself to a new artwork for your home. Some venues offer musical entertainment and there are always homemade cakes and refreshments to be found along the way. Many artists have been showing their work on the Art Trail for years and are full time professional artists, while others just enjoy taking part in the weekend as a way to show off what they create for their own pleasure. The trail stretches from Montpelier to St Andrews, Redland to Henleaze with Bishopston at the centre. Its important to pace yourself and plan your route before you set off for the day. Perhaps focus on a cluster or venues or artists working in a medium that particularly appeals to you – although its fun to just start at 10am and see where the day takes you. One of the best things about the trail is the social aspect. You never know who might bump into or the interesting converstions you may strike up. You can look up the map on line or pick up a leaflet at various places such as Craftworks, Boston Tea Party, Room 212 or Artemis at Glos Rd Central.

Jo Whiteland

Jo Whiteland

The trail is also a chance to have a look at the interesting and inspiring homes around our area of Bristol. Toni Burrows’ house is a wonder to behold as every surface is covered in amazing mosaic artworks made from reclaimed materials (venue 49). There are lovely purpose built studios belonging to sculptor Miranda Sawyer (venue 24), exhibiting with popular artist Jenny Urquhart and originators of the trail Cath Read (artwork top left) Laura Cramer (venue 44). This is an opportunity to check out the Yoga West studios (venue 33) host to variety of artists or a multitude lovely houses across the area. The 212 Eco House, behind Room 212 gallery, is well worth a visit (venue 14). See Katie Johnston’s delicate enamel jewellery and Sarah Thorp’s upcycled, decoupaged tables and chairs and talk to her about the project to put Art Banners along 2 miles of Gloucester Road (and if the weather is fine you can enjoy a homemade cake in the lovely little garden)

Check out other venues for live musical entertainment to accompany the art such as venue 45 with Maita Robinson and Theo Wood and St Bartholemews church hall (venue 40) with photographer Paul Bullivant, print maker Mary Collett, jewellery from Caroline Casswell and pottery by Fran Wardell.

Fantastic free, live music performances at St Bart’s Church Hall:

Saturday 26th November.

1pm Mondiale: world music guitar and flute duo.

2pm Richard Hughes:  eclectic accordian magic.

3pm Sean Burrows: irresistible squeeze box, guaranteed to keep your toes tapping.

4pm Swithin: strings, songs and sweet harmonies.

Sunday 27th November.

1pm John Collett:  silky jazz piano.

2pm Kettle of Fish: unique combination of music and comedy a cappella.

3pm The Small Yorkestra: possibly Bristol’s best kept jazz secret

4pm 8 million stories, featuring Tim Casswell and friends

 Venues are open from 10am – 6pm on both days with a preview night in certain venues on Friday 25th November. You can plan your route and find out more information on the North Bristol Artist website or pick up a trail map at various locations including many galleries, shops and cafes on Gloucester Road.

And if you’re inspired to see more art after the trail don’t forget that the galleries at Glos Rd Central showcase work by many of the North Bristol Artists all year round

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