Belper Art Trail is a journey of favourites

2013%20logo%3dartsbeatThe high streets of Derbyshire’s market towns are the focus of many community projects as we battle to keep them thriving, and our artists have been keen to be involved.

Pop-up galleries have taken over empty shops all over the county and space in their windows have been utilised for unique exhibitions.

This week Belper has launched its now annual arts trail.

The trail, named The Journey of Favourites, will be on display from July 8-21 as part of the town’s annual food festival.

It has been curated by Corridor Arts and takes those joining it on a tour of the historic town starting at the Prim Sisters’ shop at the top of the town near St Peter’s Church down King Street to The Bookshop, the Memorial Gardens, Oxfam, Time and Again and Ginger Boutique and then in to Bridge Street to Pellegrino, Hunky Dory, Hair Design on Derwent Street, solicitors Briggs Sayer and Co and the Library as well as one of Belper’s newest shops Buttons and Bows. The last three works are at Belper’s North Mill museum, Beaurepaire Gardens and Lavender Grey.

Andrew Martyn Sugars, of Corridor Arts, has written a walker’s guide to the event which can be downloaded from their website which also has maps and a discount voucher to the North Mill and details from the artists about their work.

“We want people to wander through Belper looking at the works on show and take in those other bits of Belper that might just have become invisible to those who are in the town all of the time,” he said.

“The trail sets up a sense of discovery for the viewer. A picture in a window or an installation in a basement. We hope that the audience will get a sense of process as much as the artists involved in the trail.”

The artists taking part are: Susan Bedford , Sara Brighty, Steve Carr, Julie Clare, Nansy Ferrett, Chris Gray, Ruth Gray, Jane Nemeth, Jenny Oldknow, Charlotte Parker, Emma Parkins, Margaret Rose, Alice Russell, Abi Sawyer, Jenny Seals, The Drop Inn, and Tim Shore

Fore more information on the trail go to