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.
It’s not long now until the Peacocks take to the skies over Corsham again for the 2019 Peacock Arts Trail! It is set to be an absolutely fantastic Trail, with more talented artists and creatives than ever joining us this time around!
Remember, entry to all venues is completely free. Please do check the brochure or our online exhibitor list for individual venue opening times as well as information on access, parking and refreshments.
Have you picked up your printed copy of the brochure yet? Find them in galleries, shops, cafes, tourist information’s and many other locations around the Trail area.
We are so lucky in Corsham to have such wonderful arty shops and galleries! It’s great to have so many of them join us on the Trail…
Venue #3 Coppins Jewellers
Coppins have been making jewellery in all precious metals from their workshop in Corsham for over 35 years. They specialise in unusual gemstones and classic pieces with an unusual twist; choose from their wide selection or discuss your ideas
Joining us again on the Peacock Arts Trail is the incredibly talented Meryl Kelsey Masters who will be exhibiting from her home in Chippenham. Meryl is offering workshops during the Trail – do see our workshops page for more information and contact Meryl for booking.
Meryl Kelsey Masters –
Meryl’s present work is mainly painting in acrylics, working from sketches and photos taken on travels around the world and at home. Meryl has dabbled in many aspects of art, craft and design over the years, encouraged by her mother who was an art teacher and lifelong painter, embroiderer and dress maker. After studying jewellery design
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.
From Gastard, the Trail starts to move away from Corsham and onwards towards Whitley, Melksham and further afield. It’s not far from Gastard to Whitley where Marianne Donohoe aka Grey Clouds and Silver Linings, will be exhibiting her beautiful silver jewellery.
Marianne Donohoe –
Marianne started using silver clay about six years ago as she wanted to make charms after her dog passed away quite suddenly. Marianne fell in love with the medium so much she wanted to share it with everyone so then started teaching beginners workshops and have progressed from there.
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)…
Joining us again in 2017 is another Chippenham based artist, Meryl Kelsey-Masters, who is a multi-faceted creative. She’s been professionally involved in photography, jewellery design, stage sets, props, and garden design over the years and is now enjoying concentrating on painting and jewellery making.