And we’re off! Hello 9 days of art art and more art!
We hope artists and art lovers alike have a wonderful week, chatting with fellow enthusiasts, making new friends, and generally celebrating how important it is to be creative in any way you can!
If you’ve not seen it already, do check out our Discover the Trail page which we hope will help you navigate the Trail – links to our exhibitors can be found on this page (or above), along with links to maps, our online brochure and workshops.
Thank you in advance to everyone who visits one or more of our venues – we can assure you that a lot of work goes into getting ready for an exhibition like this and you will be warmly welcomed at every venue you visit. And remember, entry to all venues is completely free.
The Peacock Arts Trail are big fans of the Just A Card campaign – do have a read of their website to find out why their work is so important to small creative businesses.
We’re nearing the end of the Trail now, but we still have a LOT to see, with more artists than ever in Chippenham!
We are delighted therefore that our next venue on the Trail is Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre, where we have three of our talented artists exhibiting. Located in an 18th century grade II listed building, the entrance to the Museum is through the shop, located off the Market Place next to the Angel Hotel.
Barking Hen Jewellery: Tamara Eggleston –
Tamara, a jeweller/designer for over 20 years, hand-makes her jewellery from a little studio in her back garden in Chippenham. Using traditional silversmithing techniques, her jewellery is inspired by nature and tends to mirror the changing seasons. Tamara’s favourite metals are a combination of silver and copper as they contrast so beautifully.
We’re delighted to welcome two new artists who will be exhibiting at Woolley Grange Farm – a short distance from Box and Wadswick Green.
Mary Petrovska –
Mary mostly paints in oils using a palette knife, but she have been known to use quality household paint left over from bespoke kitchen painting jobs! Her long term partner is a bespoke furniture and kitchen maker and Mary hand paints his kitchens. Describing her work, Mary says, “I enjoy the constraint and resulting harmony of using a limited and often muted palette. This also extends through to my ceramics and I hope
Peacock HQ is over the moon that we have a group of 7 artists at New Farm again in 2019! Take a seat, relax and read on…
Alun Crockford –
Alun is a photographer producing work ranging from commercial advertising to fine art personal work using large format film.
Having spent 35 years working a photographer for over 35 years, Alun has covered all aspects of photography from high end digital to large format film. When not in his studio Alun enjoys studying the history of photography and medieval art. Through participating in the Peacock Arts Trail, Alun’s intent is to introduce people to analog photography.
Alun is also responsible for the majority of the wonderful photos you see on our website and brochure – thank you Alun!
Rebecca McCarthy-Carter –
Participating in the Peacock Arts Trail is very important to Rebecca as it is her main exhibition and gives her the motivation to find time to create. She finds
From Sanders Painting & Sculpture, you can continue your stroll around Corsham with a short walk down Pickwick Road to the top of Pound Pill. On the corner at the top of hill, opposite the gates to Corsham Court, you will find the Corsham Almshouses and Schoolroom. We are delighted to be able to use this incredibly well preserved seventeenth century building again in 2019.
This year you will find 10 of our fabulous artists exhibiting at the Almshouses, including painters, ceramicists, jewellers, glass artists and stone sculptures. Get comfy, and read on…
Kate Davies –
After studying at Bath Academy of Art in Corsham, Kate worked for many years as an illustrator of children’s books with a brief spell working as an architectural illustrator. She now paints her own watercolours which strongly show the influence of those years, “populating well known, recognisable scenes, with little anthropomorphic characters”.
Kate’s day starts with a short walk to
The Peacock Committee would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in the 2017 Peacock Arts Trail! We can’t believe the 9 days are over already!
To our artists – a great big thank you for all your hard work and enthusiasm. It takes a huge amount of effort to prepare for an exhibition like this, which we know you do whilst juggling busy lives.
To our visitors – it is wonderful to know that there are so many of you who appreciate the arts! Thank you for visiting in record numbers, and we can’t wait to see some of the results of the workshops and other activities that you were involved in. We hope you will hang on to your brochure as it makes an excellent gift buying guide to support local artists.
Here are a few of our photos from the Trail. Please feel free to share yours with us, especially if you made something fabulous on a workshop.
We’re halfway through the Peacock Arts Trail 2017 and it’s been a whirlwind!
The Peacock’s have been out and about on the Trail and we are absolutely blown away by the talent on display. We can’t thank our artists enough for making the Trail so fantastic, their hard work makes it such a success!
And a success it seems to be…everywhere we’ve visited we’re hearing incredibly positive things about visitor numbers and engagement. We also can’t wait to see the creative outcomes of the workshops and drop in activities that have been running through the course of the week.
What has inspired you so far? Have you joined in on a workshop? Where do you plan to visit next? Share your journey with us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
But first, time to sit down, have a cup of tea, and browse through our photos for a recap (and inspire those yet to hit the Trail to shake a tail feather)…
Nestled down a short lane in the centre of Kington Langley village is the Barn Gallery where you will find two passionate and dedicated artists specialising in slip-cast porcelain, gloss paint and imaginary landscapes.
Having recently graduated as a mature student in BA Hons Contemporary Crafts at Falmouth University, Cheryl is now working in slip-cast porcelain, which she enjoys for its fragile and ethereal appearance.
Remaining in Holt, you usually can’t miss our next artist’s venue due to the huge number of flags, banners and signage!
Jane is a ceramicist who creates quirky, folksy ceramic and mixed media gifts.
In Gastard you will find two well-seasoned art trail artists who have been taking part in the Peacock Arts Trail since 2013! Claire, for her sins, was also a member of the committee until 2015 so if you want any tips on how to make the most of the Trail, or you need to pick a brochure – or just want a good chat – this is the place to go!
Claire’s designs have a style that is all her own the ceramics she creates revisit the memories and emotions associated with vintage ceramics