The dates for the 2015 Trail are Saturday October 17th and Sunday October 18th, 11am to 5pm, with a public preview. It will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor on Friday October 16th from 5.30pm at the Bristol School of Art. No need for an invitation. Just come along.
On this site you can find everything you need to know about the West Bristol Arts Trail, whether you wish to visit the Trail or exhibit. It is held on the Saturday and Sunday of the second or third weekend in October every year.
This is a completely free event. Approximately 100 local artists 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 by comparison with galleries, as there is no commission to be paid. 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 do recommend using public transport or bicycle to visit the Trail, as car-parking facilities are notoriously scarce. Though parking is an issue in Clifton and Hotwells, the new scheme has achieved its end of making more spaces available. There are no charges on Sunday, but there are charges in some areas on Saturday. In all areas, the first half-hour is free but you do have to register at the ticket stand.
Click here for our Map of venues 2015
To see a list of places where you can pick up a free map/brochure, click here.
To see a list of the 2015 artists with their venue numbers, click here
There are various documents here: an Arts Trail 2014 A5 Flyer, an Arts Trail 2014 in A4 bites for printing out, an Arts Trail 2014 PDF brochure, an Arts Trail 2014 A4 poster and an Arts Trail 2014 map. These are for guidance only. They will be replaced by 2015 versions sometime in early September 2015.
The trail is not selective. 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.
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]