Discover something new this May Over the weekend of 11 and 12 May, around forty artists in the Newbridge area of Bath will open their doors to the public. Now celebrating its tenth 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.
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 to ceramics and sculpture. Much of the work is offered for sale at affordable prices.
The self-guided trail comprises 16 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. At some venues, visitors can watch demonstrations and join drop-in workshops. 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, Newbridge Primary School and Fairfield House off Kelston Road.
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.