Welcome to the website of West Bristol Arts. The trail is held on the Saturday and Sunday of the second or third weekend in October every year. On this site you can find everything you need to know whether you wish to visit or exhibit. Navigate on all pages by using the back button on your browser or by clicking the links at the top.
The dates for the 2017 Trail are Saturday October 14th and Sunday October 15th, 11am to 5pm, with a public preview on Friday October 13th at the Avon Gorge Hotel. From 5.30pm to 7.30pm with official opening by the Lord Mayor at approximately 6pm. No need for an invitation. Just come along.
Preview night October 13th special offer at the Avon Gorge: 6.30pm – 8.00pm. On presentation of the printed brochure, two courses in the restaurant from the fixed-price menu and a bottle of wine for two people: £39. Normal price £57. Booking in advance strongly recommended.
This is a completely free event. Approximately 100 local artists in 50 venues open their homes and studios to the general public so that you can browse their work. There are also some “public” venues such as hotels, schools or churches. The artists themselves are usually on hand if you wish to discuss their work or perhaps commission something special.
Prices are normally very modest by comparison with galleries, as there is no commission to be paid (often up to 50%). You buy direct from the artist. This really is affordable art. However, there is absolutely no pressure to buy work; you may simply spend a delightful weekend browsing some outstanding art.
We recommend using public transport or bicycle to visit the Trail, as car-parking facilities are notoriously scarce. Though parking was an issue in Clifton and Hotwells, the new scheme has achieved its end of making more spaces available. There are no charges on Sunday, and many areas of the Trail have none on Saturday either. In all areas with charges, the first half-hour is free but you do have to register at the ticket stand. For details, click here.
Click here for our Printed map of venues 2017
Click here for our live Google map of venues 2017
Click here to see details of Parking and Public Transport
To see a list of places where you can always pick up a free map/brochure, click here.
Click here to see a list of venues arranged by venue
Click here to see a list of venues arranged by artists
Click on these links for the following:
Provisional Arts Trail 2017 brochure in printable A4 sections. Bear in mind that this is not the best way to view the brochure, as the same venue may in this version be split into different pages and therefore not consecutive. However, it may be useful in certain circumstances.
The trail is not selective and operates on the basis of first-come-first-served. All artists (in a wide range of media) are invited to participate, from full-time professionals to part-time amateurs. The entrance fee is £50 per artist (not per venue). There is a special rate for group shows such as church communities, where an individual artist may perhaps be showing only one or two works. There is no charge for schools and all are warmly invited to participate. However, all artists still need to register each year. Registration opens mid-January every year and closes when we are full or on March 31st, whichever is earlier.
Artists themselves choose their own venues (more often than not their own homes) and are responsible for all their own arrangements, including public liability insurance. We have a recommendation for the latter and it is easy and cheap (£36pa) to arrange by subscribing to the organisation called AIR. For details, click here.
Artists who exhibit on the Trail have their own free webpage on this site. This remains on the website indefinitely or until the artist asks for it to be removed. For further details click here
Any queries, just contact us at [email protected]