Art Trail 2020-style!
Artists in the North Bristol area are determined to go ahead with the popular North Bristol Art Trail during the last weekend of November. From sculpture to paintings, jewellery to printmaking, there's something delightful for everyone.
For the first time, the trail will be open virtually via a public Facebook group, NBA Art Trail 2020. Join the group any time through November to see previews of artists' work. The virtual trail itself will launch on Friday 27 November, and carry on throughout the weekend of 28 and 29 November. During this time you can interact with the artists, learn about their making techniques, and buy their artwork direct.
Many artists are still hoping to open their homes and studios to the public during the weekend of November 28-29, adhering to Government guidelines on Covid-19 safety. Some will show their work on the walls of public spaces such as cafes and bars along Gloucester Road, while others will create displays in their windows. This means that you will be able to safely follow a walking trail, enjoying art displays and chat to artists or see artwork on your screen and interact with artists from the comfort of your home.
North Bristol Artists are adapting their approach for this special trail. For instance, Toni Burrows has created amazing mosaics to use as images for her book The Mermaid and the Tower. Although Toni won't be able to open every floor of her incredibly mosaiced home you'll still be able to meet her and see the original mosaics used.
Laura Robertson is a prolific artist, producing quirky images in every medium from oils to lino prints. Her work will be on display at Cafe Jackaloupe on Gloucester Road and hopefully she'll also be able to be there to chat about her work. Jenny Urquhart will appearing in person when she shows her popular paintings of Bristol and Leigh Woods in the New Gallery at the back of Room 212, while jewellery maker Katie Johnston will be offering her enamel wares outside Marialina's next door.
The North Bristol Art Trail website will give up to date information about which artists will be showing their work on the walking trails, so you can plan your route, and check whether an appointment time is required.
In this difficult year it's important to plan Christmas early to avoid queues, shop locally and support our artists and makers. The North Bristol Art Trail provides a perfect way to find unique beautiful gifts. It's also a chance to brighten up your home with some new art. Nothing beats wandering round the North Bristol Art Trail on a crisp November day but this year, with the virtual trail, you can still indulge your senses if it's lashing with rain!
For more details on artists and the 2020 trail see https://www.northbristolartists.org.uk/