Sunday, 28 February 2010

Yinka Shonibare

How do you confront serious issues like global conflict as an artist?

Here's a video of Yinka Shonibare discussing an exhibition he had in 2006.

Sumptuous, visually attractive work provides an entry where he hopes his audience will engage on a deeper level.

Thornton Grammar School

Towards the beginning of this year, Thornton Grammar School approached us to say that they had been looking at the Arts Trail as part of their Creative and Media course. They want to use the Arts Trail as 'real life' experience for their students. So, those students on the second year of the course are designing and developing events that will be integral to this year's Mini Trail. It's about the whole process taken from the initial idea through its development to the finished product.

And the Arts Trail is extremely pleased to be in a position where we can help the school and the pupils realise some of their fantastic proposals. So, come September, you will be able to experience activities devised and developed by some very talented teenagers.

We value these partnerships highly and in the future will be looking for others, so that we can provide the opportunity for more teenagers to display their considerable flair.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Malcolm Le Grice

I don't know if anyone has come across Malcolm Le Grice. I did today - this piece, anyway, and I thought it was stunning.

It's from 1972, called Threshold

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Looking forward

We've been doing a lot of evaluating of the Arts Trail over the winter, thinking about where we've come from and where we would like to go. Since its inception in 2007, we believed that the Arts Trail, or an event like it, in this area had enormous potential. Saltaire with its rich, evocative history is an inspiration in itself, really telling the story of industry from the Industrial Revolution to the present day: the change from rural cottage industries to the power of the machine age, the dominance of the British Empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and their slow decline to the mid 1980s. In its heyday, Salts Mill produced 18 miles of worsted cloth per day on its 1,200 looms employing 3,000 people. It continued to manufacture textiles for over 130 years. But by the mid 1980s, the Mill was semi-derelict.

The Mill was bought by Jonathan Silver in 1987 and, with the help of his childhood friend David Hockney, he transformed its fortunes and that of the village.

Saltaire is choc-full of creative people from artists and writers to people who work in the theatre and arts administration. The diversity of its artistic community is overwhelming. But its not just Saltaire. Shipley, Bingley, Balidon, Keighley, Bradford... There is a huge appetite for artistic experience and a multitude of practitioners engaging in all forms of creativity.

We want the Arts Trail to celebrate all of that; to be a showcase for the incredible talent that exists in this region; to draw visitors from all over the north of England and beyond; to engage people, excite them, and encourage their participation.

So, we have some plans for the future and we'll let you know about them as soon as we can.