The North Bristol Art Trail 2014

Jenny UrquhartArtists in our community are once again preparing for the wonderful North Bristol Art Trail.

The art trail will take place in our area from 10am until 6pm on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November as well as some preview evenings at selected venues on Friday 28th November.

Now in its thirteenth year, the 2014 North Bristol Art Trail is the most established one in Bristol and shows work of a very high calibre in the run up to Christmas and is also a fantastic opportunity to buy unique gifts direct from local artists at affordable prices.

From the jewellery of Katie Johnston and Harriet St Leger to the prints of Laura Roberston and David Parsons, textile art by Jo Hyam and Debby Bird to the paintings of Huw Richards Evans and Jenny Urquhart, to name just a few, there will be something for absolutely everyone.

Debby BirdSt Andrew’s, Bishopston, and Glos Rd Central will form the main hubs of the North Bristol Art Trail, however, parts of Henleaze, Redland, Montpelier and Westbury Park will be part of the trail too.

A whole weekend can easily whizz by in the joy of wandering from house to house looking at beautiful art and bumping into friends and neighbours en route. Many venues will sell tea and cakes and some of the venues on the preview evening will offer drinks.

Trail maps are delivered through most peoples’ doors prior to the weekend that the North Bristol Art Trail takes place, however you can also pick up a trail map from many public venues or download it from the website.

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Many North Bristol Artists are professionals and show their work all year round in the gallery spaces at Glos Rd Central, such as Fig, Artemis, Paper Plane and Room 212 as well as in other group exhibitions.

However, the trail is a great way to meet the artists in their own homes and studios, some of whom are showing their work for the very first time.

Community venues such as Horfield Baptist Church and St Michael’s Church halls offer spaces for groups of artists and St Bartholemew’s in St Andrew’s will also be offering live music during the weekend.

Chuck Elliott NBA 2014This year the community scout hut on St Bartholomew’s Road will be offering children’s art and craft activities. Refreshments will be available and proceeds will be going towards the Scouts who have been fund-raising for a new scout hut. A useful and traffic-free short-cut for those on foot may be the lane that connects Wathen Road with Williamson Road.

Lifecycle, the bike repair unit based at Horfield Prison will once again be showing work by the prisoners (not for sale) and the City of Bristol College on the Brunel site will be exhibiting student’s work with refreshments available.

DavidParsonsFrom the beginning of November you will be able to get a taste of what will be on show by checking out the Group Shows at Boston Tea Party, Planet Pizza and Room 212.

The new Reception Area at Southmead Hospital has provided gallery space for North Bristol Artists since it opened earlier in the year and will be showing a fresh selection from 1st October which will be well worth a visit even if you have no medical reason to visit the hospital!

Please bear in mind that many artists cannot accept credit cards so do take cash (some artists may take Bristol Pounds) or a cheque book in order to not miss out. Gift Vouchers are a great present to get for a friend who wants to chose local art and can be obtained all year round from Artemis at Glos Rd Central.

So do make a note in your diaries now and rest assured that all your original arty Christmas presents can be bought locally in just one weekend – Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November 2014.

For all information about the North Bristol Art Trail, a look at the trail maps and to plan your route see www.northbristolartists.org.uk

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