One postcode and so much to see at the BS9 Arts Trail

May 30 2017

BS9 Arts Trail returns for its fourth year on the weekend of 10-11 June with 75 artists, 21 of whom are new for 2017.

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BS9 Arts Trail returns for its fourth year on the weekend of 10-11 June with 75 artists, 21 of whom are new for 2017. Two primary schools, Elmlea and Westbury-on-Trym Academy, are hosting for the first time, along with a dozen other individual and group venues spread across the postcode area.

New and returning artists have been beavering away all year preparing fresh work for this special art weekend.

Entry is free and gives you access to a huge variety of original artwork, from jewellery, linocuts and textiles to ceramics, paintings, drawings, glassware and much more. You can buy direct from the artists, making prices more affordable, and also enjoy meeting them and finding out about the inspiration behind their work.

Full details, information on disabled access and a trail map can be found on the website  www.bs9arts.co.uk while free brochures are available in cafés, shops, libraries and at the venues during the Trail weekend. The map makes it easy to plan an exciting day so you can combine visits to artists' homes with the larger venues and stops for refreshments en route! Watch out for our eye-catching bunting in pink, green and orange outside every venue.

The two primary schools have embraced their hosting role with great enthusiasm, and examples of children's work will also be on show. At Elmlea School, 'Miss Rochie Makes' will run a drop-in textile workshop on the Saturday, and the children at Westbury-on-Trym will be performing music and dance. Mrs Cathy Milton, Head Teacher of the Westbury-on-Trym Academy, said: “We are very excited about being a part of the Trail and hosting the artists, especially as it fits with one of our three school values, which is ‘Cherishing the community’.”

At the Bristol University Botanic Garden, show your copy of the BS9 brochure at the Welcome Lodge to enjoy free entry so lovers of art and horticulture may enjoy their twin passions.

Grab a map and head off to enjoy the fabulous art all over the BS9 postcode!