A look ahead to the Silverdale and Arnside Art Trail
PUBLISHED: 00:00 14 June 2016
Silverdale and Arnside are not just pretty coastal villages - they also host the county's biggest art weekend,
One of the most popular events in the Lancashire arts calendar takes place at the end of June.
The Silverdale and Arnside Art and Craft Trail runs over the weekend of June 24-26 and is hosted by two neighbouring villages in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The free annual event is designed to inspire the creativity of artists and craftspeople from the local area by showcasing their work in the twin villages which have become an established artists’ colony.
Now in its 12th year, the trail has grown in popularity with 90 exhibitors for this year’s event, many of them opening their home studios to visitors. A large number are long-standing supporters but this year the trail organisers welcome some new talent including John Calver, a stoneware potter, Simon Donaldson, a landscape painter, spinner Kate Schofield and wood worker David Webb.
The Guides will also be demonstrating ‘The Art of Survival’ – one of many family activities throughout the weekend and a new Silverdale gallery, Vintage and Country, will demonstrate chalk painting.
The event is spread across 37 venues, including seven key sites with eight smaller group venues and 28 workshops and demonstrations throughout the villages. Everyone from painters to potters, stone carvers to spinners, jewellers and woodworkers are represented. Music is a developing feature and this year there will be sing-songs with the Guides, a community concert, open-air music workshops and family entertainment.
This three day exhibition is open on Friday 24 June between 1 pm and 8 pm and then Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June from 10.30am to 5.30 pm. During this time, the artists and artisans welcome visitors into their homes, studios and exhibitions to view or purchase their work and even participate in a variety of workshops. w
To find out more visit www.silverdalearttrail.co.uk