Saltaire Arts Trail is one of my favourite days out, which is why I am letting you know that it’s on over the Bank Holiday, Saturday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7. There’s lots going on but my favourite part is the Open Houses trail. Owners of some of those beautiful, Italianate-style houses turning their living spaces into mini galleries to showcase the work of artists and makers. It’s a double whammy. You get a glimpse of life behind the doors of the UNESCO World Heritage site and you get to admire the talents of amazing creatives.
In Victoria Hall, The Makers Fair sees independent artists, makers and designers from across the UK, displaying and selling their original creations. There are ceramics, jewellery, glass, silver, metal, books, paper, leather, wood, plastics, furniture, textiles, accessories, printmaking and photography.
The weekend is also packed with a programme of installations and exhibitions from a rtists responding to Saltaire and its heritage. If you go, don’t forget to pop into the amazing Salts Mill, which will host a specially commissioned piece, The Work of Salts by Alke Schmidt, as part of her Wonder and Dread exhibition, currently showing at Bradford Industrial Museum.
If you are feeling inspired by all this creativity, there are bookable drawing workshops wit h well-known Yorkshire artist Jake Attree, along with free taster sessions and demonstrations. Information on the full programme can be found at the Saltaire Inspired website –www.saltaireinspired.org.uk and trail guides are available to buy for £1 at Salts Mill, online andat outlets in Saltaire in advance of the event, as well as throughout the Arts Trail weekend. Enjoy. I know I will.