Saltaire is one of Yorkshire’s most vibrant creative hubs so it is always a pleasure to visit. But this bank holiday weekend brings a bonanza.
It is the Saltaire Arts Trail, which sees the good people of the village turn their homes into galleries. The open houses element is my favourite part of the event. It means you can see the work in situ, meet the makers and have a look inside the beautiful Italianate-style homes built by mill owners and philanthropist Sir Titus Salt. There is absolutely no compulsion to buy, although you can and I did.
There is also a contemporary crafts exhibition at Shipley College and a wonderful makers fair at Victoria Hall, which is free if you buy an event guide for £1. The guide includes a map and details of all the artists and makers taking part, which means you can peruse their websites at leisure later. Below is one of my favourite Yorkshire makers, Andy Poplar of Vinegar and Brown Paper, an etched glass artist who has a wonderful way with words.
For those with little ones, there are lots of family activities. Anyone wondering about going solo, do it. That’s what I did and there were quite a few of us lone wanderers. I highly recommend it because this is not a lonely experience at all. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and the makers enjoy chatting about their work. It’s the best day out I’ve had in ages. The event runs from 10am-5pm tomorrow, Sunday May 24, and on Monday, May 25. Here are some more of my highlights:
How clever is this? Beverley Drury makes these life-size bird sculptures from the wire you find on champagne corks. They cost £95 from www.champagnebirds.com You can find her, printmaker Cath Brooke and ceramicist Jo Aylmer at 7 Amelia Street
The home of artist David Starley features his work, along with other artists, including Daniel Shiel, see below.
Love this house full of work by the owner, Rachel Webb, of Salts Press, and her friend, Vicki Munro, of Porch Press. I absolutely identify with “No coffee No workee”.
Jo Lee’s work can be found at the Makers Fair. Her ceramics are sensational and I especially love these eyeballs, £45, (with swimming goggles as I am a mad keen swimmer). They are made to hang on the wall…such fun! www.jolee.uk.com
Felt artist Lindsey Tyson is inspired by the landscape, flora and fauna. Find her at the Makers Fair.
Love the starfish bangle, above, by Seabreeze Designs at the Makers Fair.
Food for thought at 7 Constance Street. This bunting by Tessa Norton and Michael Lacey highlights all the nationalised industries that have been lost or privatised…thanks for nothing Maggie!
This beautiful sculpture is by John Burks and it is in Tadcaster limestone – so even better.