Twenty nine artists in sixteen venues: painters and potters; jewellers and sculptors; textiles, photography and glass workers.
The Attenborough, Beeston and Chilwell Art’s trail will take place on 4th & 5th September 2021 from 11am – 5pm and it’s completely free.
It’s been a long wait but your Community Arts Trail artists are getting ready to welcome you in September. For more information please check our website www.abcarttrail.uk or find us on www.facebook.com/abcarttrail Look out for our flyers which will be distributed in local shops and meeting places. You can start the trail at any point and collect a map of the other venues.
There are some new, carefully selected, artists who join the trail this year who will open their studios for you to see their work and to share their expertise. All our artists are looking forward to meeting their regular visitors and welcoming new ones. There will be opportunities to buy contemporary art and craft directly from the maker. More than 800 adult visitors attended in 2019. We are grateful that many local business are happy to sponsor us so that we can expand the trail and engage the community. The art trail is now a firm fixture as an annual event usually in June, but this year on the first weekend of September.
Open Studios in our area started with just a few artists in 2006. Those of us involved at that stage noticed a growing interest by the general public in viewing not only the art but the processes involved. We enjoyed showing our work but also sharing the ideas and explaining how a piece is made. Since then the concept has grown and is now a fully functioning community event.
In 2021 we are holding a Primary Schools Art Competition, encouraging all schools in Attenborough, Beeston and Chilwell to take part. Prizes of art materials will be given to the work which our artists judge to be the best in two age groups. The winning art works will be mounted and hung in all our venues. We hope to encourage these young artists and inspire them to be creative. They and their families will be welcomed by our artists on the trail
We have a great deal of local talent in our midst so come with your friends and families and enjoy this free community arts trail.
– Words by Rita Mitchell