Welcome to the website of West Bristol Arts. This year’s trail will be held on October 15th/16th, with a preview night on Friday 14th at 6:30 – 8:00pm at Clifton High School.
Online map – Location of venues is now available on a Google Map here
Most venues will be open between 11am and 5pm.
News for Exhibitors
A4 Poster and Disclaimer Notice – 10/10/2022
These can be downloaded below. Note that the disclaimer notice s not a substitute for Public Liability Insurance, it’s just a common-sense alert to remind visitors to behave reasonably.
Information for Artists
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 afresh each year. For returning artists this takes a matter of a few seconds.
Registration for the Trail opens in early January each year and in practice we are usually full by mid-February.
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]
Registration for next year’s trail will open in January 2023. The registration process usually starts in the 2nd week, after the Christmas and New Year festivities have died down.
Information for Visitors
This is a completely free event for visitors. 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, as 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.