Saltaire Arts Trail to transform the village into a living gallery

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A POPULAR annual event that sees Saltaire homes open their doors will return in person for the first time in three years.

Saltaire Arts Trail, which runs from Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May, will see some of the UK’s best artists, makers and designers display their work in the village.

Following the success of last year’s Window Gallery Trail and popular Open Houses, the Open Village will showcase contemporary artwork in Saltaire homes, businesses, creative spaces and windows.

Visitors can explore the village and discover the art of local artists and those selected from across the UK and the work of Saltaire resident artists displaying their own work in their homes. The Open Village also includes two of the region’s newest creative spaces; Wharf St Studios, whose resident artists will be holding open studios for the weekend, and Salts Works, home of People Powered Press, which is also hosting drop-in activities and other exhibitions throughout the weekend.

After two years of online events, the Saltaire Makers Fair is back in person at Victoria Hall, with over 65 exhibitors spread across three halls, in a showcase of contemporary art, craft and design for sale or order. Admission is £2 (free for under 16s).

The Makers Fair returns to Victoria Hall at this year’s Saltaire Arts Trail

Other highlights include a program of exhibitions and special events such as My Crazy Family Golf, a crowd-sourced project by Lisa Watts and her father, Gordon Watts (referred to as ‘Dad’) in the roof of Salts Mill. Visitors to My Crazy Family Golf will be invited to play five holes of crazy golf, complete with a handmade golf club and scorecard to complete.

Also at Salts Mill, Saltaire Arts Trail: Student Showcase will show the work of a selected group of emerging artists, who are currently studying at Bradford School of Art on the BA (Hons) Art & Design and MA in Visual Arts course . Other exhibits throughout the village feature other talent from the Saltaire Art Group, the Bingley Camera Club and the Saltaire Art School.

Julia Calver, President of Saltaire Inspired, said: “We are delighted to be able to present a full live program for Saltaire Arts Trail 2022 this May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

“We are delighted to welcome artists from across the UK to exhibit in Saltaire’s unique spaces, as well as showcasing a wealth of local talent, including emerging artists who are currently studying in Bradford.

“With over 100 artists participating in total, Saltaire will be filled with art and creativity, and we hope you’ll join us.”

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