Saltaire Arts Trail

Saltaire Arts Trail 2020
Announcement regarding Covid-19

Over the last few months, we have curated a programme of work from over 120 visual artists and contemporary craft designer-makers to present in our Open Houses trail and Makers Fair at Saltaire Arts Trail 2020, as well as a series of special exhibitions, family activities and workshops.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we will not be able to share this work with you in the form of Saltaire Arts Trail in May.

We are exploring options for presenting the work of over 120 fabulous artists whose work we still want to share with you in alternative formats, and will of course tell you about our plans as soon as we can. We hope these will bring a little bit of joy to our followers and supporters and will help support and platform these artists through this difficult period.

At this time of such uncertainty we know that everyone will be worried about what the near future will hold, so it’s more important than ever to support each other and show one another a little kindness. It’s time for some creative rethinking and who better than the arts community to take the opportunity to develop creative solutions to these new and unprecedented issues we are now all tackling.

Stay safe, stay well, and stay positive.
With very best wishes from the Saltaire Inspired Team

Saltaire Arts Trail 2019

The 2019 Saltaire Arts Trail took place from Sat 25 - Mon 27 May 2019.

> See the April/May issue of the Saltaire Review for our mini-guide
> Download a pdf of our Arts Trail leaflet (2 pages)


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.

Previous Events

Saltaire Arts Trail 2018

The tenth Saltaire Arts Trail took place from 5 - 7 May 2018.

Saltaire Arts Trail 2017

The tenth Saltaire Arts Trail took place from 27 - 29 May 2017.

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...