While the Art Trail volunteers are getting things ready for the Combe Down Art Trail on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September - including the rather lovely flyer designed by Steve Wells - we wanted to celebrate another success story by one of our artists.
For the second year running, Sally Muir has had a painting accepted into the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in London! Not only is her dog painting hanging on the esteemed walls of this fantastic gallery, it was also picked out by presenter Kirsty Wark on the BBC documentary about the exhibition!! We couldn't be prouder of Sally. The exhibition runs until 12th August 2019.
If you're an artist with a connection to Combe Down and you'd like to take part in our 2019 Art Trail on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September, you only have ten day left to apply!
The Trail is shaping up to be an exciting event! Currently there are thirteen venues to visit, including artists' homes and studios, as well as public venues like the Hub, the King William IV, and the Museum of Bath Stone.
With forty artists taking part already, there will be a wide range of artwork for sale, such as jewellery, ceramics, oil paintings, watercolours, textiles, and glassware.
There are also plenty of workshops and demonstrations to get visitors involved in all the arts, including animation workshops, music workshops, clay-throwing demonstrations, and flower crown making.
And not forgetting the children's competition!
With over 600 visitors to last year's Trail, and with so much going on this year, the Combe Down Art Trail is a fantastic event to be part of. Get those submissions forms in so you or someone you know can be involved too!
With the 1st June closing date for artist submissions only two months away, here's a reminder of what you need to do to take part as well as a list of our latest public venues. Do pass on this information to anyone you think might be interested, but priority will be given to artists living or working in the Combe Down area, including artists whose families live in Combe Down.
If you already know you want to take part in this year's trail, firstly, yay! Secondly, please return your submission form, sample images and £35 submission fee as soon as you can, particularly if you are wanting to exhibit in one of the public spaces listed below.
If you don’t yet have a venue in Combe Down but would like to take part in this year’s trail (which will be held on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September 2019) there are currently three public spaces you might like to consider:
For all these public venues, setting up would need to take place on Saturday 7th before the 10am start to the trail. Artists are responsible for setting up their work and looking after their display. All three venues are locked and secure overnight so work can be left, but it is a good idea not to leave money overnight. Work must be taken away immediately after the trail finishes at 5pm on Sunday 8th.
A small selection of Costas’s paintings will be on show at the Combe Down Exploring Art Group’s exhibition at the Museum of Bath Stone (Cornerstone) 16th-24th March.
Saturday had been such a great day, how could Sunday compare? It was even better! The sun shone, Combe Down was bustling with visitors, lots of artwork and cards were purchased, food and drink consumed, compliments on the Trail all-round, and just a great spirit of art appreciation. As you can see from the photos taken on Sunday, it was a fantastic end to the 2018 Combe Down Art Trail!
Thank you so much to everyone who came, the artists who took part and gave over their houses and workshops, to those who demonstrated their work, and to Jeni Wood, our tireless leader, and the hard-working team of Steve Wells, Ele Nash, and Vikki Yeates! We couldn't have asked for a better weekend - but I think we'll all need a year to recover!
What a fantastic first day we've had on the Trail! Perfect Trail weather, lots of visitors, lots of demonstrations and chat about art. Here are a some photos from just a few of the great venues on the Trail.
And today is set to be even better so if you haven't got to see it so far, all the venues are open from 10am - 5pm. What fantastic artists we have in Combe Down!
Venue 20 will be open from 2.30 - 4.30 with the brilliant Rondo Theatre Company performing rehearsals of The Lady Killers.
Raku firing at Venue 1 at 12 noon is a must-see, as are the throwing demonstrations during the rest of today and tomorrow.
There's chalk drawing outside Venue 19 for children as well as the Animal Art Trail.
A talk on printmaking at Venue 5 is at 3pm today and a talk on watercolour at Venue 5 is at 10am tomorrow.
And that's not forgetting all the many pieces of original artwork for sale. So many great things to see and do!
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!
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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!