Saltaire Arts Trail 2020 - CALL FOR ARTISTS
We are now inviting applications for visual artists to exhibit work as part of the Open Houses trail, and for contemporary craft designer-makers working in a wide range of handmade disciplines to exhibit work at the Makers Fair in Victoria Hall.
Saltaire Arts Trail takes place annually over the late May bank holiday weekend (23-25 May). Over three days, Saltaire becomes a magnet for visitors, with an estimated 6000-8000 attending each year since 2007. There are commissioned exhibitions and installations, a high-end contemporary craft designer/makers fair, free creative family workshops, and of course the famous Open Houses - a village wide gallery of contemporary art in the Grade II listed homes of Saltaire residents.
Applications should be made via curatorspace using the link above.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Extended to 24 January 2020
What's on Offer
Supporting home-grown talent
Saltaire Inspired has always provided resources and opportunities for artists based in the Bradford area. The Saltaire Arts Trail began in 2007 as an artist-led initiative, largely in order to provide spaces for local artists to show and sell work. As the event grew in size and ambition, selection for the Open Houses and Makers Fair were opened up nationwide, but the quality of art produced in Bradford is high, so selection hasn't kept them away!
We are funded by Bradford Council through their Arts and Regeneration Fund. This means we'll be looking for new ways to support and promote artists living and working in the City and District, so look out for opportunities coming up. Join our mailing list to keep in touch.
Bringing the world to Saltaire
Saltaire is a location of national and international significance, architecturally and artistically. As well as supporting creativity in Saltaire and its surrounding area, we aim to bring the best of visual art and craft to the World Heritage site, as an inspiration to local practitioners and audiences. Submissions to the Open Houses and to our Makers Fairs are considered by an independent panel of artists and industry professionals, and we strive to bring new work to our events each year.
We aim to support and promote emerging visual artists, and also to commission established artists to respond to Saltaire and its unique architectural and industrial heritage.
For regular opportunities and for new projects in the pipeline, join our mailing list and follow us on social media find us on Twitter and Facebook.
Saltaire and Community
Creative activities for everyone
We aim to offer great ways for adults and children to get involved in creative activities within the unique spaces of Saltaire.
Our annual Living Advent Calendar makes use of residents' creativity and ingenuity as well as their windows , and we have plans to make this an even more actively creative and social event by offering artists' workshops, get-togethers and celebrations in the weeks leading up to the event and throughout the Christmas season.
Drop-in creative family activities are always a major part of the Saltaire Arts Trail; we're constantly dreaming up ways to improve and expand them. We also plan to work with Shipley College, with local practitioners and with commissioned artists to bring adult taster sessions and masterclasses to the event.
We provide opportunities to learn more about contemporary craft and design through our Makers Fairs, with demonstrations and workshops and, wherever possible, the chance for visitors to get involved and find out what it takes to be a maker.