Virtual Trail – information for Artists

Please note: we are now FULL for artists and makers.

To artists already registered: you will need to be on Facebook to participate, but it’s not necessary to have your own website or online shop. You can join in on Facebook as an individual or through a Facebook business page as you prefer. You will also need a Paypal account or online banking or some other way for people to pay you online securely.

To set up your own Facebook “business” page, go to

How to Create a Facebook Business Page in 7 Easy Steps

All artists will need to commit to share the group on their Facebook pages, and invite all their social media contacts to join. The more people in the group, the more all our work is seen (and hopefully bought!).

At the start of October we will create a Facebook group for West Bristol Virtual Arts Trail. All artists registered on the Virtual Arts Trail will be invited to join it and share it with their Facebook contacts who can request to be added to the group. We will also post a link to the group on our website and publicise it through local media. Anyone who is interested in the event is welcome to join the group

Between 11am-5pm on Sat 17 and Sun 18 October artists and makers can post photos of their work on the group alongside details of how to purchase it. Anyone interested in buying something can comment on a post and the artist will then arrange payment and delivery with them. Or posts may direct customers to artists’ online shops if they have them.

The group will then stay open for a couple of weeks after the event to give visitors who may have been unable to view it over the weekend the chance to see work too.

For all enquiries relating to the Virtual Arts Trail please contact Eva Pollard, 07531 19167, [email protected] or Dona Bradley, 07846 847957, [email protected]

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A few tips from Eva:

Hi everyone,

Thank you to those of you that have joined our Virtual Arts Trail facebook group and posted onto it. We already have 228 members which is great. But I’m sure we can do better than that! Please do share the group link via email and use the blue Invite button to invite all your Facebook contacts to join the group.

The link is https://www.facebook.com/groups/2441913536110858

I’m attaching some graphics you can use for social media posts that Kevin very kindly created for us. There are different formats for different platforms so feel free to use them as you wish.

As I mentioned last week our Facebook group has post topics to help visitors classify our work in line with their interests. These are listed on the right hand of the page on a computer though I’m not sure where they are on a mobile. They are useful so that if a visitor is looking specifically for ceramics for example, they can click the topic and see all posts that have been tagged as ceramics without having to scroll down through lots of other things and perhaps get bored and leave the page.

Anyway I’m just letting you all know that its not the responsibility of the admins to add topics to everyone’s posts though I have done a few as examples. If you want your work given a topic you need to do this yourselves. You can’t set a topic when you write a post unfortunately but you can add the topic after it has been approved by clicking the three horizontal dots at the top right of your post. Then click add or edit post topic and choose from the list. The tag appears in small text underneath the photos.

OK, I hope that helps everyone with social media posting for this event. I know some of you have had some other IT related issues which I hope you have resolved. If you do have other queries relating to Facebook posting its probably best Googling for the answer rather than emailing me as I don’t really know what I’m doing much more than anyone else here.

Best wishes everyone,
Eva