Saltaire Arts Trail

Saltaire Arts Trail 2018

*Save the date* 5 - 7 May 2018 (May Day Bank Holiday weekend)

Art in Unique Spaces

Saltaire Arts Trail is a community arts event held annually on the late May Bank Holiday weekend. It offers an imaginative visual arts programme, celebrating the village’s rich heritage, and offering opportunities to both emerging and established artists.

The Arts Trail prides itself in reaching out to new audiences and making art accessible to all by using imaginative venues - the internationally recognised Salts Mill, public buildings, the homes of Saltaire residents and outdoor spaces around Saltaire, to display visual art outside of traditional settings, as well as delivering new exhibitions and commissions.

We aim to make each Saltaire Arts Trail new and fresh, with commissioned contemporary artwork and with inclusive activities for all.

Saltaire Arts Trail 2017

The tenth Saltaire Arts Trail took place from 27 - 29 May 2017. Information on exhibiting artists can be found in our Artists Galleries.

In response to feedback about the inevitable challenges of physical access to many of Saltaire’s listed venues, and supported by Arts Council England, we worked with Steve Manthorp of ADEPT to commission artists working in digital media to make new work for Saltaire Art Trail 2017, based loosely round the theme of Inside Out. This included two video projections mapped onto the front of  Saltaire terraced houses, ‘removing the front wall’ to reveal their artistic vision of what might be taking place within:

Little Pig, Little Pig, Let Me Come In by Illuminos (artist brothers Rob and Matt Vale) retells the story of the Three Little Pigs, with the houses of straw, wood and bricks the size of, well, houses: and a giant wolf.

Inside Out, by Frank Darnley and Matt Howarth, who recently collaborated to create The Night Market at  Halifax Piece Hall, strips away the front of the house to reveal a gleaming house of
the future within. But all is not quite as smooth-running as these first images might suggest. One by one the smart devices prove themselves to be not so smart after all, and the house of the future turns into a house of disaster...