Poetry and song at the North Bristol Art Trail

November 01 2016

The North Bristol Art Trail is one of the most established in Bristol and a popular date in everyone's pre-Christmas calendar. For the 5th year running, Venue 45 on the North Bristol Arts Trail will be presenting poetry readings and song over the weekend of the 26th and 27th of November. This popular performance element of the Art Trail has widened its appeal and delighted those who enjoy live music and narration.

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The North Bristol Art Trail is one of the most established in Bristol and a popular date in everyone's pre-Christmas calendar. For the 5th year running, Venue 45 on the North Bristol Arts Trail will be presenting poetry readings and song over the weekend of the 26th and 27th of November. This popular performance element of the Art Trail has widened its appeal and delighted those who enjoy live music and narration. 

This year there will be four performance strands at Venue 45 over the two days of the Art Trail weekend with readings and acoustic song on the Saturday afternoon together with poetry and A Cappella singing after lunch on Sunday. This venue also features the works of artists Maita Robinson and Theo Wood. Maita’s speciality is mixed media and collage whilst Theo is a well known ceramicist who will also be exhibiting her drawings and prints. 

There are lots of well known artists who take part and sell their work professionally all year round, but who launched their careers on the trail. Many of these artists are represented in Bristol art galleries and have their work in public places such as Bristol Temple Meads or teach their craft at Stokes Lodge, St Paul's Learning Centre or Spike Island. 

Huw Richards Evans is a great example. Huw started by showing his wonderful seascapes on the art trail over a decade ago, while teaching art at Bristol City College. He now is an incredibly successful full time artist with work in top galleries, including Hidden in the Clifton Arcade, and his work hangs in places such as the beautiful new Backwell House. The joy of the trail is that you can still pop into Huw's house and have a chat over a cup of tea.

Other artists have only just joined the trail and are opening their houses to show their work for the first time. Some artists join forces and show collectively in church halls, laying on musical entertainment or tea and cake. 

Toni Burrows' house is always one of the most popular venues on the trail because almost every wall and surface of her house is covered with amazing mosaics. These giant murals are beautifully put together with found objects from old crockery to snail shells - a wonder to behold!  Room 212 owner Sarah Thorp is opening up her newly built Eco House and has asked popular jewellery maker Katie Johnston to show her work there. Go along to learn about this creatively designed sustainably built house and learn more about how you can contribute your artistic talents to the street scene with the Gloucester Road Art Banners.

One way or another the trail is a great opportunity to meet the artists in their own homes and chat to them about their work. It’s a perfect time of year to pick up individual, locally designed Christmas gifts and the Bristol Impressions Calendar, containing images by different artists, is always a firm favorite.

For more information and a programme trail please visit www.northbristolartists.org.uk