Virtual Trail – information for Artists
Please note: this group (for artists and makers) is open only to those who have registered for the 2021 West Bristol Arts Trail.
To artists already registered for the 2021 trail but not yet the Facebook group: 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
All artists 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!).
We have a link to the group on our website and we publicise it through local media.
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 remains permanently open.
A few tips from Eva:
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.
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. 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,