The final art trail of the year takes place this weekend (23rd-24th November 2013). The North Bristol Arts Trail presents over 100 local artists showing their work across a range of locations in the north of the city, including Westbury Park, Redland, Bishopston, Henleaze and St Andrews.
In addition to seeing individual artist’s work in homes, local businesses and community spaces, there are several venues where you can see group shows, including Planet Pizza, Room 212 and Artemis on Gloucester Road and The Bird Table on Coldharbour Road. All venues are open from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday and some are open for a Friday night preview from 7pm to 9pm. Many trail venues offer refreshments such as tea, cake… and mulled wine!
The timing of this art trail makes it a great place to start your Christmas shopping. If you don’t feel confident about choosing a specific piece of artwork, you can buy one of the hand screen-printed North Bristol Artists gift vouchers, which come in £10, £30, and £80 denominations. The vouchers can be used to buy artworks both during the trail and throughout the year and artists can be contacted directly through the North Bristol Artists website. If you would like to purchase vouchers after the trail they are available from Sandra Cocks (please ring 0117 924 7254) and Artemis, 214 Gloucester Road. During the trail gift vouchers are available from four art trail venues (Sandra Cocks at 11 Wimbledon, Laurel Smart at 8 Codrington Rd, Simon Tozer at 39 Chesterfield Road and Catherine Amesbury at Artemis, 214 Gloucester Road).
This year’s art trail also features live music and poetry at two venues in St Andrews. An eclectic mix of live music will be performed at St Barts Church on both art trail days featuring acapella choirs, solo singers and instrumental virtuosity, all to be enjoyed while relaxing with tea and fine cakes laid on by St Barts. Meanwhile over at 9 Burghley Road some of Bristol’s best poets will give whimsical and thought provoking readings of their latest works – guaranteed to bring uplifting inspiration to foot sore trailers!!
To find out more about the artists taking part in this year’s trail and where you can find them, visit the North Bristol Arts Trail website: http://www.northbristolartists.org.uk