Newbridge Arts Trail 2018 – part of Bath Open Studios
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May, 11.00am – 6.00pm
Discover something new this May Over the weekend of 12 and 13 May, more than forty artists in the Newbridge area of Bath will open their doors to the public. Now in its ninth year, the Newbridge Arts Trail is an established annual event, bringing together professional and non-professional artists and makers with students, schools, business sponsors and the local or wider community. Sixteen artists have joined the trail this year, so there’s plenty of new work to be seen even by regular visitors.
For visitors, the trail provides an opportunity to meet artists, talk about their work and processes and recognise just how much original art is created in our area. Visitors may even be inspired to start or resume a creative activity themselves. Artists can showcase current work and gain feedback on new directions they’re taking.
There’s an impressive array of original art to be seen, from painting and printmaking to photography and digital art; from jewellery and ceramics to sculpture and stonemasonry. Much of the work is offered for sale at affordable prices.
The self-guided trail comprises 26 venues in the Newbridge area, many within walking distance of each other. They’re open from 11.00am to 6.00pm on both days and entry is free. While most are private homes and studios, there are also group locations where several people exhibit together. These include the Weston Methodist Church Hall in Kennington Road and Fairfield House off Kelston Road.
At some venues, visitors can watch demonstrations and join drop-in workshops. At Newbridge Primary School there’ll be an exhibition of work by the schoolchildren and their art teacher as well as an opportunity for children to try their hand at ceramics under the supervision of ceramicists Jan Card and Liz Stallabrass. At their 81 Newbridge Road studio, Polly Gough and Tim Edwardes will be demonstrating non-toxic printmaking. Other demonstrations include: mount cutting by Steve Nichols and painting on silk by Helen Stanfield (12.00 – 3.00pm) at Frontier Picture Frames in Locksbrook Road; and stone carving by Hayley Diamond at the Weston Methodist Church Hall.
Full details can be found online at www.newbridgeartstrail.com, with a list of venues, artist profiles and examples of their work. A printed trail guide, with map showing all locations, will be available from local shops, businesses and Bath Library.
It’s a great way to spend a day or the whole weekend – on your own, with friends or as a family. Whether you’re walking or driving, the route is manageable and refreshments are provided at pubs, cafés and some artist venues.