At the Firs Field Summer Event, we officially launched the 2018 Combe Down Art Trail! With a selection of this year's artwork on show, we handed out the map and whetted the appetite for the Trail weekend, which takes place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September, 10am - 5pm. This year we have so much going on! From live demonstrations of stone carving and clay throwing, to workshops on watercolours and printmaking, to rehearsals for the Rondo Theatre Company's autumn show, The Lady Killers, to chalk drawing, to a children's fun Animal Artwork Trail - and that's not forgetting what makes Bath's art trails so special: the wonderful local artwork for sale! For all the latest information, click here.
Things are progressing nicely here at Combe Down Art Trail HQ with the artists and venues now finalised, the map drawn up beautifully (by Steve Wells), the signs cleaned, the website updated, and the brochure almost ready to go off to the printers. Next on the agenda is the Firs Field Summer Event, held on 21st July at 2pm, it promises to be a fantastic family day. There'll be dog shows, boules, the pub choir, music, stalls, tea and cakes, and much more. We will also have a stall there showing samples of work from many of the artists taking part in this year's Trail as well as selling cards. Come and say hello!
We'd like to offer a massive congratulations to any of our artists who submitted artwork to the prestigious Royal Academy Summer Exhibition - and we're cock-a-hoop to announce Sally Muir will have a painting on show there! The summer exhibition is the largest open submission exhibition in the world and this year (its 250th year!) it's curated by Grayson Perry. If you are in London - or looking for an excuse to go - the exhibition runs from 12th June until 9th August and is a must see event. Well done, Sally!
If you're looking for a fantastic show of modern art that's a little closer to home, how about visiting Bath Fringe Arts? Running now until June 10th, there are exhibitions and workshops happening across the city, including 44AD where Jeni Wood has work for sale.
Don't forget: If you're an artist who would like to take part in the Combe Down Art Trail on the 8th and 9th September, you need to have submitted your application by June 1st! Do pass it on to anyone you think might be interested.
As more and more artists sign up to take part in this year's Combe Down Art Trail (check out the latest list here) let's see what some of the artists from the 2017 trail are up to... The craft fair, Made in Combe Down, has been running since July 2017, organised by our very own Vikki Yeates. Held on the first Saturday of the month, 10am - 4pm, it takes place at the Cornerstone (which you may remember as one of our most visited venues last year). Owing to the deluge of snow, the March fair was postponed and will now take place this Saturday, March 17th! Local crafts people have plenty of homemade jams, cakes, and gifts to sell. Many of the artists involved in the Combe Down Art Trail can be found here too, including: Jeni Wood, Sally Jefferies, Jill Woodhead, Rosemary Simmons, Shuya Cheng, Costas Mikellides, and of course, Vikki Yeates. Pop along for a warm welcome!
Well firstly, Happy New Year everyone! Did you get everything you wanted over the festive period? If not, the artists who took part in the Combe Down Art Trail 2017 are still beavering away creating beautiful art and stories ready for a busy 2018, including this year's Trail. The weather may a bit on the windy, cold and wet side, but while you're perusing the January sales, how about popping into the exhibition space 44AD on Abbey Street, Bath? There you'll find Jeni Wood's picture: 'Five Resolutions' as part of 44AD's '48 Hours Notice' exhibition. The exhibition is on 12-5pm until January 12th. The trick with Jeni's picture is to try to guess what those five resolutions might be... Venture into any good bookshop, and you'll discover Sally Muir's wonderful 'A Dog a Day' book crammed full of her beautiful paintings and sketches of dogs. What began as a Facebook hashtag has grown into some of the finest selection of prints of dogs around. If you don't fancy leaving the comfort of your sofa, you can buy Sally Muir's book on her website here. She'll even personalise it with a dedication!
Five Resolutions by Jeni Wood, on exhibition at 44AD
With Christmas drawing nearer, now is the perfect time to visit local exhibitions to find the perfect unique Christmas gift! Two of the artists who both exhibited their work at Venue 5 (5 Combe Road) have work on show at The Pound Arts Centre in Corsham. Sally Gardiner has one of her larger ceramic hares for sale (who wouldn't want to unwrap "Herbert"?!) while Ele Nash has one of her collage paintings of Bath, entitled "The Laundry Arch", which depicts the old plumbing system for the Roman Baths spanning York Street. The Pound Arts Centre is celebrating its tenth open exhibition this year, giving emerging and established artists a chance to have their work shown and sold at this beautiful venue. Admission is free and there is a café at the centre. The exhibition runs Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm from now until December 23rd.
Just because the next Combe Down Art Trail isn't for another eleven months, that doesn't mean our local artists stop working until then! So let us continue our features with updates about their latest ventures... Mike Arnold - who showed his work at venue 1 (5 Stonehouse Close) - was asked by hotel and spa, The Combe Grove Manor, to exhibit his paintings in their stunning grade two listed house. Mike says: 'l now have half a dozen paintings hanging at Combe Grove, after the new owners saw my work while visiting the Art Trail.'
Mike's been busy creating new pieces of work, acrylic on canvas, with a view to exhibiting in the new year.
Sally Jefferies exhibited her paintings at venue 5 (5 Combe Road) and sold many over the Art Trail weekend. Since then, she has exhibited at the Bath Open Studios exhibition in the RUH. She has been working on new glass paintings for the upcoming Combe Down Exploring Art Group's show which takes place in The Cornerstone (venue 8) from the 11th - 19th November, 10-4. Sally says: 'After the positive response to my glass paintings on the Trail, I've enjoyed experimenting with more of them using rich, autumnal colours.' Please click on the button to find out about all the artists taking part in the exhibition.
Phew! Now we're all recovered from the extraordinary weekend of the first ever Combe Down Art Trail, we can reflect on what a fantastic weekend it was. We had over 30 artists taking part at 14 venues around the village. A massive 300+ visitors completed the Trail, enjoying our lovely historic village, the Firs Field Summer Event, as well as being inspired by the vast talent on show in every venue. Thank you to all the artists who took part, making each venue of 2017 so special, and to everybody who came to the Trail - over 300 of you - thank you! None of this would have been possible without the huge effort of 'makerer' Jeni Wood. Jeni has worked tirelessly to get the event started and she did a truly wonderful job of creating a stylish, easy to follow Trail. Thank you, Jeni! Now, who's ready for the 2018 Art Trail?!