Wokingham Arts Trail this weekendBy Laura Herbert
September 13, 2012
Art lovers can take a colourful trail around the Wokingham area this weekend.
Laura Herbert explains
Artists from across Wokingham will open their homes and studios this weekend for the Wokingham Arts Trail.
The two-day event gives art lovers the opportunity to see paintings, sculptures and ceramics on display at venues across the borough.
This year, 40 artists will showcase their work at 16 venues throughout Woodley, Charvil, Lower Earley, Shinfield, Emmbrook and Wokingham town centre.
The Arts Trail, which is organised by four local artists and supported by the More Arts cultural organisation, has grown since its launch in 2010 when it featured 12 venues and 28 artists.
The event aims to provide local artists a chance to showcase their work and also the opportunity to sell some of it too.
Jen Wood, from More Arts, says: “By following the trail you will experience the range of creative activity and enjoy the opportunity to talk with artists about their practice and to buy direct, whether for gifts or to add to your own collection.”
This year, The Jubilee Frieze will be included in the trail. The 34 metre frieze was created by members of Wokingham Art Society to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and can seen at Wokingham Town Hall, Market Place, over the weekend.
Among those taking part in the event on Saturday and Sunday is Colin Castle, who will be exhibiting his collection of animal and pet portraits at Waingels College in Woodley.
Elsewhere, Cathy Newell-Price, whose silver jewellery is inspired by the natural world, will showcase her work at The Milking Machine, in Hyde End Road, Shinfield.
“Our aim is to provide a platform for artists who live and work locally to show their work within their local communities in Wokingham borough,” says Jen.
“Along with this, we strive to create a varied and interesting experience for the trail visitors by selecting a wide range of artists creating good quality, well presented and innovative work.
She adds: “An impressive collection of artwork will be on show including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, jewellery and printmaking.”
The trail takes place on Saturday and Sunday, with all venues will be open between 11am and 6pm.
For more details and a map visit www.wokinghamartstrail.co.uk
Leaflets about the trail are also available in all borough libraries, the Town Hall and More Arts based in Peach Street, Wokingham.