After two years of disruption caused by the pandemic, the Newbridge Arts Trail is celebrating its return on 17 and 18 September 2022. Over the weekend, 36 artists and makers in the Newbridge and Lower Weston area of Bath will open their doors to the public, showcasing new work. Now celebrating its eleventh year, the trail has become an established event, bringing together professional and non-professional artists with students, 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 see the wide range of original art 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 textiles to ceramics and sculpture. Much of the work is offered for sale at affordable prices.
The self-guided trail comprises 19 venues, many within walking distance of each other. They’re open from 10.30am to 5.00pm on both days and entry is free. At some venues, visitors can join drop-in workshops and watch demonstrations. While most venues 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 Newbridge Junior School, Charmouth Road. This year, there is a new venue in Chelsea Road: the sustainable lifestyle shop ‘Consciously You’.
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.
Full details can be found online at www.newbridgeartstrail.org, with a map, venue locations, artist profiles and examples of work. And you can keep up-to-date on news through social media: