What a treat we have in store!
The ever-popular North Bristol Art Trail takes place over the weekend of 23-24 November this year. Over 100 artists will open their homes, studios and galleries from St Andrews, Redland and Gloucester Road to Westbury Park and Henleaze. Many artists hold a preview night on Friday 22, when you can relax with a mulled wine and chat to artists and friends.
This long-established trail offers an unhurried opportunity to buy original artwork and is a really fun way to pass the weekend. North Bristol Artists are incredibly talented, creating everything from paintings and prints to stone sculptures and jewellery – with myriad objects in-between. They're also really friendly and love to meet people and discuss their work. This weekend is as an opportunity to show off the artwork they have been creating throughout the year. It’s also a perfect time of year to inspire people to buy original artwork and handmade designs for loved ones.
The North Bristol Art Trail is a time for every member to connect with the local community and share artwork not normally on display.
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, shown here, is a great example of her work. Toni never sells her originals but she does sell prints and cards at Room 212 and local post offices. Fig gallery co-owner Jemima Lumley will be showing her artwork with Toni, but not the work you'd be used to seeing at Fig.
Sarah Thorp is excited about the weekend as both floors of her bar Alchemy 198 will display work by herself and three fellow artists - Jenny Urquhart, Katie Johnston and Aly Dalrymple. The delicious vegetarian food, teas and cocktails on offer will provide respite for trail goers who will be able to sit and enjoy the artwork on all the walls. Room 212 at Glos Rd Central sells artwork by many North Bristol Artists all year round but the shop focuses on their artwork throughout November with lovely window displays.
The Halls on Pigsty Hill offer live music entertainment as well as a wide variety of artwork. Other artists offer homemade cakes and refreshments so look for the glass sign beside venues on the map. Horfield Baptist Church and Nonesuch Cup are also venues for multiple artists. Pick up a map or look up the trail on line then plan your route. Artists will always be pleased to see you!
You can download the map or pick one up at various venues around Bristol including local libraries, Room 212, Boston Tea Party, Coldharbour Gallery and cafe bar Alchemy 198. You can also follow NBA news on social media to get a feel of what's coming up. https://www.northbristolartists.org.uk