Friday, 22 May 2009

Janet Bolton

I am delight to say that Janet Bolton has agreed to exhibit her work at the Arts Trail this year. She is an extremely popular textiles practitioner, who has been making charming work for over 30 years. She has been on the Crafts Council selected index of makers since 1985 and her work is in many private collections, including The British Council Collection, The Crafts Council Permanent Collection and the Embroiderers Guild Museum Collection. Janet is very keen to come and talk about her work, so we are in the process of trying to make that possible...

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Final call for artists

There's just over two weeks to go now until the deadline for applications for both the Open Houses and the Makers' Fair. The programme looks fantastic again this year, so, if you'd like to be a part of it, make sure you download an application form from the website and get it to us by 5th June.

The events are coming along nicely. 15 houses have been confirmed so far for the Open Houses. We've got a long list of classic films that we'd like to show, including, Rita, Sue and Bob, too, The Dresser, Room at the Top...; all literary adaptations and all filmed in Yorkshire - all we need to do now is choose our top four. And there are some great leads for both the textiles exhibition and the lecture series, which we are following up. So, all in all, it is looking like a very full and inviting programme.

As soon as we firm anything up, we'll let you know...

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Every Tree Tells a Story

Looking for something to do with the kids this half-term? We will be holding a free drop-in workshop in the magnificent setting of Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, in Bradford, on Friday 29th May from 12pm - 3pm.

In September, as part of the Children's Mini Trail, the Every Tree Tells a Story project will feature a magical tree around which will be poetry and story-telling workshops. So, we have our tree but it is bare and we need it to blossom with fantastic tree-inspired creations. At Cartwright Hall on the 29th, the kids will be able to create leaves, birds, acorns (anything to hang in the branches a tree), made out of textiles and other recycled materials, with which we will decorate the tree.

To compliment the workshop, the Lister Park ranger will take the children on guided tours of the award-winning Lister Park to discover and investigate the wonderful diversity of trees, birds, bugs and insects...

It should be a great free day out for the kids and for you, so come along and help the Every Tree Tells a Story project burst forth...

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery
Lister Park
Telephone: 01274 432711

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Fundraising Night

We are going to be holding an Arts Trail fundraising night on Friday July 3rd. It'll be a fantastic night of ska and dub reggae, with DJ Bamboo and the Fresh Prince of Saltaire on the decks playing some of those old-fashioned records. It should be a lively event and a lot of fun, so come along and bring your friends. The venue will be Caroline Street Social Club, on Caroline Street, in Saltaire from 7.30pm; £6 on the door and £5 in advance. Advanced tickets will be available in Saltaire, we'll let you know where soon.