Trail will highlight makers' talents

July 24 2020
Trail will highlight makers' talents

A GROUP set up to promote arts, craft and design is holding a special event to showcase talent in the area.

BSpoke16 has previously organised arts fairs for creators across the BS16 postcode area.

But with coronavirus restrictions ruling out a large-scale event at a single venue, this year exhibitors will instead use their gardens, drives and workshops to show off their work.

The Artist, Makers and Designers Trail will take place from July 31 to August 2, following social distancing guidelines to keeping visitors and makers safe.

The trail is the idea of BSpoke16 founders Karen Davies and Catherine Williams, who first got together in 2014 to organise an art fair for Emersons Green.

Karen is a paper artist and designer who sells intricate paper cuts, prints and cards under the name Mustard Cuts, while Catherine creates paintings and etchings inspired by seascapes, landscapes and cityscapes.

Karen said: "The idea of the outside arts trail is to platform the new work of local makers, who have still been making in the lockdown, and provide an opportunity for the public to engage with artists and respond to their creativity during this period through encouragement, feedback and sales.

We’ve had an incredible response from makers, with over 50 addresses to visit so far – the map is growing daily.

"There’s a variety of exhibitors: needle-felters, ceramacists, printmakers and much more.

"BS16 is a wide area, stretching from Pucklechurch to Cheswick Village, Stapleton to Soundwell, with many traders in walking or cycling distance of each other.

"We hope you enjoy planning your route.”

A map displaying where the exhibits can be found, alongside contact details for each of the makers, will be made available online before the trail starts.

Details will be posted on the BSpoke16 on Facebook and Instagram pages.

Limited printed copies will also be available from July 30. Follow more details call 0781 331 2603.