The West Bristol Arts Trail was founded in 2008 in response to popular local demand. The first trail was project-managed by Anna Wilson as part of her role as Community Development Administrator for HCCA (Hotwells and Clifton Wood Community Association) who financially supported it. She in turn was supported by Fiona Willis, Deb Pearson and Julia Killingback and a few other local fellow artists. To sustain the trail and embed it into the community calendar the original team ran the trail the following year joined by artist and designer Kate Edmunds and an increasing number of volunteers.
After two years, Anna handed over to a new group, most of whom form the core of the current committee