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. This year our theme is Be Part of The Art and our programming aims to get the public involved in creating art as well as experiencing it.
This year,with support from the National Lottery through Grants for the Arts, we have commissioned three new participatory installations by established Bradford-based artists.
We are also supporting two innovative photographic exhibitions by artists based in Saltaire;
And bringing a taster of a mixed media exhibition which references the industrial and textile heritage of the region: Tangled Yarns, by Alke Schmidt.
And, in keeping with our Be Part of the Art theme, there are a wealth ways to get involved during a visit to the Arts Trail:
Free artist-led creative family activities to drop-in and enjoy at 5 outdoor locations across the village.
Bookable workshops and activities at the Methodist Church and around Saltaire Village.
Artist demonstrations at Victoria Hall and the Methodist Church
We're also inviting everyone - not just artists - to exhibit at this year's Arts Trail by sending us their own 6x4 inch artwork for our Postcard Exhibition
Full details of the 135+ artists involved this year can be found in our online Gallery
The 2016 Trail Guide, our on-the-day programme which, for just £1, gives entry for 3 days to the Makers Fair plus all you need to know about the weekend, is available in advance from Saltaire Visitor Centre and other local outlets, and online. All proceeds go towards making this great volunteer-led event happen.
The aim of the Saltaire Arts Trail is to support the visual arts in and around Saltaire, celebrating the village’s rich heritage, and offering opportunities to both emerging and established artists. We want to demonstrate the value of creativity through education and to engage the diverse communities within Bradford, making the visual arts accessible to all. Heritage, community, learning and cultural partnerships are central to the ethos of the event.