Wokingham Arts Trail this weekendBy Lewis Rudd
September 08, 2011
Artists from across Wokingham will once again be opening up their homes and studios to mark the return of the borough’s annual Art Trail.
Art lovers can go in search of sculptures, painters, ceramicists and more during the two-day event, which is taking place at homes, cafes, schools and studios across Wokingham this Saturday and Sunday.
Organised by local charity The More Wokingham Cultural Partnership, which champions everything art locally, and a committee of four local artists, the trail will showcase the work of 40 artists, most of whom either live or work in the area.
It is hoped the event will not only provide those with a trained skill or discipline with a local spotlight, but the opportunity to sell on some of their work and create greater connections with art enthusiasts from across the borough.
Among those taking part in the event will be Sarah Abell, a studio potter who will be exhibiting her glazed stoneware creations at her home in Froghill Drive and Christine Brewster, whose contemporary baskets will be on show at The Milking Machine in Hyde End Road, Shinfield.
The spotlight will also be shining brightly on those handy with a paintbrush or pen.
There will also be a focus on local artists who have written and illustrated children’s books, make jewellery or have chosen to work with glass, textiles and ceramics.
Those following the trail will also be able scrutinise and sample the work of local wood turners, weavers, textile artists and even a rag rugger.
Jen Wood, the trail’s chairman, says that last year’s inaugural trail was the result of local artists pushing for an event to take place in Wokingham similar to the one held in the Whiteknights area of Reading, which this year celebrated its 11th anniversary.
And now, on the eve of Wokingham’s second trail, Jen is confident the 2011 event can go on
to be bigger and better than the one celebrated 12-months ago.
“There are 18 venues and 40 artists this year, which is up on the 12 venues and 28 artists last year,” she says.
“It is a good chance to come and meet local artists, look at their work and buy from them as well. There will also be numerous demonstrations and the chance to have a go at some of the artwork involved in the trail.
“There is a huge amount of artists involved this year who all have a link to the Wokingham borough with an amazing variation of skills, from wood curling to rag rugging.
“Everyone is really looking forward to it this year. It has kind of doubled in size and we have 12 more artists than last year and a wider area of artwork.
“It is also completely free and is a good opportunity to look at the artwork being produced locally.”
Although still busy plotting her route around the trail, which takes in parts of Wokingham, Winnersh, Earley, Hurst and Shinfield, Jen went on to suggest those wanting to learn more about art make Waingels College, in Waingels Road, Woodley, their first point of call.
This is because the secondary school and sixth-form centre in Woodley is hosting an exhibition of work created by all the artists involved in the popular trail.
“For those people who don’t know what the trail is about then this is a great place to start,” she says.
“But the whole thing is a great opportunity for all the artists involved and it is fantastic for them to exhibit in the local area, which is quite a rare thing these days – artists have to pretty much go into London to exhibit their work.
“It is also a wonderful opportunity to exhibit work to potential local customers and also to meet other artists.”
Leaflets detailing the trail, which will run from 11am to 6pm each day, can be collected from any library across Wokingham or downloaded from www.wokinghamartstrail.co.uk
Where you can follow the trail:
Artsbar, Wellington Road, Wokingham: Debbie Birdsey, Colin Castle, Diane Davydova, Jayne Leighton Herd, Janet Richardson
43b Peach Street, Wokingham: Catherine Hadler, JoJoJewellery
43c Peach Street, Wokingham: Carol Cox, Caroline Marriott, Julie Simmonds
Stitchery Do, 31-35 Denmark Street, Wokingham: Carol Newman
Berkshire Nursing Home, 126 Barkham Road, Wokingham: Lisa-marie Gibbs
4 Purslane, Wokingham: Jane Bonney, Christine Morgan, Bob Newman
21 Froghill Drive, Wokingham: Sarah Abell
14 Milton Road, Wokingham: Susan Day, Elaine Izod, Peter Izod
38 Headington Drive, Wokingham: Di Feeney
30 Lowther Road, Emmbrook, Wokingham: Bev Bartlett, Chris Parry, Sue Smith
63 Whatmore Lane, Winnersh: Nigel Griffiths
Dragonfly Café, Dinton Pastures, Hurst: Philip Mowbray
Maiden Erlegh School, Silverdale Road, Earley: Gemma Cumming, Joy Frey, Kristine Nason, Jane Tadrist, Jenny Whalley, Paul Woolley
Ash House, 6 Steeple Walk, Lower Earley: Cathy MacLennan, Lesley Redmond
The Milking Machine, Unit 4, High Copse Farm, Hyde End Road, Shinfield: Christine Brewster, Sue Mundy, Cathy Newell Price
Rear Door Studio, Unit 4, High Copse Farm, Hyde End Road, Shinfield: Tom Cartmill
Waingels Gallery, Waingels College, Waingels Road, off Denmark Avenue, Woodley: Terri Jones, Peg Salaun-Smith, Arts Trail Group Exhibition
The Ramblers, Beggars Hill Road, off Waingels Road, Charvil: Este MacLeod