The Bristol art trail diary begins to get busy again during October and November and Art on the Hill is the next event for 2013. Taking place on the weekend of the 5th and 6th of October, Art on the Hill is the Windmill Hill and Victoria Park Arts Trail, which is located in a compact area of hilly streets and green spaces in the south of the city.
Marking its 7th year this year, Art on the Hill presents a wide range of visual arts on display in over 50 venues. Homes and community venues will open their doors to show work made by local artists across a range of domains including ceramics, painting, textiles, illustration, glass, jewellery, photography, sculpture, printmaking, fashion, and paper crafts.
There will also be several arts workshops for both adults and children, so you can be creative too. You can learn how to create an outdoor mosaic using the direct mosaic method and your work will be permanently displayed on the Balloon Wall in Victoria Park for everyone to enjoy. Funded by the Filwood, Knowle and Windmill Hill Neighbourhood Partnership, this is a continuation of last year’s project, and involves a fun 3-stage activity over the Trail weekend that concludes the following week. Other workshops include: Mini-Monet – an arts and crafts session for pre-school and young children, Low-Tech Printing – printmaking without a printing press using techniques such as monoprinting and printing with stamps, potatoes and rubbers, Make Your Own Sock Monkey, Watercolour Painting for Youngsters, Make a Piece of Pottery, and Experimental Drawing. Plus, there is an invitation from Windmill Hill Community Orchard to write a poem and/or draw a picture to encourage dog-walkers to pick up their dog poo; at the Poo-etry in Motion workshop you can make a placard with your poetry/drawings and then place it in the Orchard.
Other attractions include a performance marquee in Victoria Park, with music and poetry throughout both afternoons, and on Saturday evening between 7.30 and 10pm. And there will be no shortage of opportunities to get refreshments as you move around the trail, with many homes offering food and drinks, and the three pubs in the area, plus Mrs Brown’s Café in the Park making sure that you get chance to top up your energy levels throughout the weekend.
You can find paper copies of the Art on the Hill brochure and trail map in locations around Windmill Hill and Victoria Park or you can download a copy from the Art on the Hill website. Organisers are also working on a 2013 version of their art trail App for smart phones, first developed last year to help you find out about each of the locations and the artists’ work being shown there. Look out for the green or yellow windmills and yellow bunting that will be decorating the trail area.
To find out more information about Art on the Hill 2013 see their website: http://www.artonthehill.org.uk, Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/2490384054/ and the Twitter links @Art_On_The_Hill and #artonthehillbristol