I’m excited to share that from May 27-29, I’ll be exhibiting new paintings and prints at The Little Craft House for the Saltaire Art Trail 2023!
I’m just back from visiting with one of the lovely proprietors of The Little Craft House who will be hosting me for Saltaire Arts Trail 2023 in their cosy, colourful and inspiring shop. As soon as I stepped inside, I felt at home. I took one look at the deep blue wall where my work will hang and fell in love. I’ll have a wooden table and comfy chairs with colourful cushions – as well as being right by the big picture window. I’m also a hobbyist knitter and felter, so being surrounded by gorgeous wool and handmade creations will be fantastic.
Saltaire is one of my favourite places in Yorkshire. Not only is the village in a beautiful location, nestled by a canal with hills and moors rising above it, but its cavernous Salts Mill is home to art galleries, a diner, a huge bookshop and homewares shop as well as antiques and other wares. The 1853 Gallery (the year the mill was built) has the largest permanent collection of David Hockney‘s artwork on the planet. Every visit is an inspiration for me (and they have lots of art supplies as well as books). I could probably spend a day in Salts Mill alone but I also make time for the cafes and interesting shops dotted around Saltaire.
Here’s a little gallery of photos to give you a taste:
The Art Trail will take visitors through the village into residents’ homes and into local businesses. You’ll get a peek inside these historic homes and see a wide range of art and craft displayed. It’s a unique opportunity to see art in some very special homes and to enjoy everything else Saltaire and Salts Mill offer.
Here’s a bit of background about the Saltaire Arts Trail from Saltaire Inspired:
Taking place in the UNESCO World Heritage village of Saltaire for over 13 years, Saltaire Arts Trail is an annual community arts event, offering an exciting and engaging visual arts programme, celebrating the area’s rich heritage, and filling the village with art over the May Bank Holiday weekend of Saturday 27th – Monday 29th May.
As visitors explore the streets of the village, they will find some of the UK’s best contemporary Visual Artists’ work displayed in the homes, gardens and windows of the village’s Grade II Listed homes and local independent businesses. The Arts Trail prides itself in reaching out to new audiences and making art accessible to all using imaginative venues; the internationally recognised Salts Mill, public buildings, outdoor spaces, and the homes and independent local businesses of Saltaire and Shipley to display visual art outside of traditional settings. The Saltaire Arts Trail will also feature a live contemporary craft fair, special exhibitions and commissions, as well as workshops and demonstrations spanning incredible unique venues across the Saltaire and Shipley area.
In Victoria Hall, the Saltaire Makers Fair will host over 65 designer-makers across 3 rooms and over 2 floors. The Fair offers unique but affordable contemporary craft and design to buy or commission, directly from some of the UK’s best creative talent, some of whom will be offering live demonstrations.
Other highlights from the programme include: Pollen Paintings by Freddie Yauner, an exhibition featuring live painting exploring biodiversity, farming and pollinators at Salts Mill; Wild Bee Cafe by Freddie Yauner and Max Fraser, a pollinator inspired, hand-painted drinks kiosk touring Shipley in the week before the Arts Trail; and Habitat, an exhibition of textile installations at Wash House Garden by students from the FdA Textiles Practice course at Bradford College.
For the full programme and further information about the Saltaire Arts Trail, our website will be
updated in the coming weeks at saltaireinspired.org.uk
And I’ll be keeping you updated here too!