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 are delighted to have been able to organise our very first community project for the 2019 Peacock Arts Trail.
Masterminded by the wonderful Rachael Holtom, a group of older people have produced artwork inspired by the phrase ‘A Walk in Corsham Park’.
They have worked with two of our artists – Rachel Heard and Sam Perry – to create some very impressive art as well as have lots of fun and laughter on the way!
You can enjoy the exhibition of the ‘Creative Connections’ group everyday during the Peacock Arts Trail at Corsham Town Hall, 10am – 3pm.
We are very grateful to Wiltshire Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board for funding this project; to Corsham Town Council for their kind support and to the customers of Waitrose (Melksham) for donating via the green token scheme.
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.
From Slaughterford we move on to Yatton Keynell and the wonderful Kathy Hutton. Her studio is a joy to visit – light and fresh and full of inspiration. Kathy will be offering botanical print workshops during the trail – check her website for details. Be warned, she will book up quickly! Kathy is also a committee member so if you need any help on the Trail, Kathy will be happy to help.
Kathy Hutton –
Having trained in textile design and worked as a designer/product developer, Kathy is now a printmaker, producing her own original art and teaching beginners printing workshops from her home studio.
All of Kathy’s work is hand printed, building layers slowly, “with as much love for the process as for the plants that inspire”.
After visiting Marianne Donohoe, it is a short stroll to The Toast Office where you will find Amanda Meaden in a lovely village setting, plus cake! What better combination?!
Amanda Meadon –
Amanda is a textile artist specialising in Cyanotypes on fabric, which is the original form of photography, using sunlight and patience to capture an image. Inspired by nature and what she finds around her, Amanda describes herself as “a foliage junkie, searching out interesting forms found in nature, adding a dash of sparkle with foiling to create lampshades and prints that are all unique”.
From New Farm, you are a short journey from the beautiful village of Lacock where we’re delighted to have 4 of our artists exhibiting in St Cyriac’s Church, including an exhibition from the children of Lacock Primary School.
Sheona Beaumont –
Sheona is a fine art photographer and researcher, working with digital and alternative photographic processes to explore religious or historical themes. Sheona has worked with different photographic processes for over 20 years: black and white analogue, disposable cameras, cyanotypes, lenticular photography.
Venue 16 is the fantastic Springfield Community Campus where you can find 3 of our artists in the exhibition space. Springfield is a great family venue if you’re planning on hitting the Trail with the kids as you have the library, cafe and park just outside. And if you visit on the first day of the Trail – Saturday 5th – you will also have the added bonus of the Corsham Creative Market in the exhibition space and main hall which is organised by Nicola Davis…
Nicola Davis –
Nicola specialises in the bright and colorful art of silk painting. She enjoys tie-dying on silk as it is so unpredictable and the way the colours mix is fascinating.
We’re delighted to welcome Bath Spa University to the 2019 Trail! Join Tim Jollands in the basement gallery at Corsham Court for A Show of Hands, an exhibition of posters and ephemera celebrating the manicule or printer’s fist – expect quirky wordplay, visual puns and decorative joy from letterpress printers across the UK.
In the adjoining Albion Press Room, you can see letterpress in action and print a keepsake on one of the hand presses.
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.
The wonderful and immensely talented Kathy Hutton has been with the Peacock Arts Trail from the start and this year we were lucky enough to enlist her to the Committee. Not only is she a brilliant printmaker, she is also a dab hand at social media and wrote the social media guides on our Artist Resources page. Oh, and she makes amazing cake! A definite must visit venue!
Kathy, “trained in textile design and worked as a designer, product developer and buyer before moving to Wiltshire.