North Bristol Art Trail returns
The ever-popular North Bristol Art Trail takes place over the weekend of 24–25 November this year, with a preview night on Friday 23, when you can relax with a mulled wine and chat to artists and friends. See work by over 100 artists in their homes, studios and galleries from St Andrews, Redland and Gloucester Road to Westbury Park and Henleaze.
This long-established trail offers an unhurried opportunity to buy original artwork – from paintings and prints to stone sculptures and jewellery – with myriad objects in-between.
North Bristol Artists look forward to this weekend as an opportunity to show off the artwork they have been creating throughout the year. It’s a perfect time of year to inspire people to buy original artwork and handmade designs for loved ones. Trail-goers can enjoy visiting artists in their own homes and studios, while bumping into friends and soaking up the atmosphere of streets bustling with art lovers. Some of the artists are recognised at regional and national levels for their art, craft or design work, many show in exhibitions and galleries. The trail offers a network of like-minded people and allows them to show work directly to the public.
The skills of North Bristol Artists are wide and varied – from curating exhibitions, running galleries and publishing books – to community support and public art. The North Bristol Art Trail is a time for every member to connect with the local community and share the wonderful wealth of art in the area.
Last year the Gloucester Road Art Banners were erected in time for the trail and many of them show artwork by North Bristol Artists. One of the most popular venues on the trail is the home of Toni Burrows. Her house is totally covered with amazing mosaics, using found pieces of ceramics. Her Lovers Way picture of two foxes is a great example of her work. Toni never sells her originals but she does sell prints and cards. You may also like to visit the home of Maita Robinson. Her quirky artwork is sure to raise a smile and the live music and poetry on offer in her home offers a welcome break from walking the Bishopston streets. Other artists offer homemade cakes and refreshments so look for the glass sign beside venues on the map.
Once you fall in love with a piece of art you can pay with cash and some artists take card payments. Even if you can't afford an original piece you can buy a print or card of the artwork and many artists are represented in shops and galleries on Gloucester Road all year round.
The North Bristol Artists website offers details of all the artists taking part: www.northbristolartists.org.uk/
You can download the map or pick one up at various public venues such as libraries and doctors surgeries, coffee shops, and local shops along Gloucester Road, Whiteladies Road, Redland Road and Zetland Road, and at any of the 50 art trail venues. You can also follow NBA news on social media at nortthbristolartists.co.uk and on facebook to get a feel of what's coming up.