Art around every corner - the Ilkley Art Trail

This year I'm very proud to be sponsoring the Ilkley Art Trail. From Wednesday the 9th until Sunday the 13th of October over 40 artists will be exhibiting their work at 28 venues across Ilkley, you can get a chance to Meet the artists in their own homes and studios and pop-up gallery spaces around the town. Now in its third year, the Trail compliments the events of the Ilkley Literature Festival which will also be starting next week.

There will be a variety of work exhibited , painting and sculpture, print making, ceramics, wood turning and glass works and jewellery to name some. I do like the look of Anita Bowerman's exceedingly finely detailed paper cutting pictures, especially the one of Betty's Tearooms.

Gillian Gilroy's rendering of a dog in a swirling pen is very poignant, and Sarah Clough's vibrant textural paintings inspired by African body painting are at the same time bold and richly detailed.

As well as homes and studios being opened as galleries, artists will also show their work in shops, hotels and pubs as well as U Dentistry in Ben Rhydding and The Wells Practice osteopath’s therapy room. There will also be workshops, I'm intrigued by the Spongetree workshop at the Bandstand on the 12th between 10 and 4, as it invites you to make something from a recycled book, I might pop over form the shop to take a look if I get time. I shall certainly be looking forward to taking in the trail next week, I might see you there.


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