Bonsall to launch new arts trail

A new community art trail is being launched in the spring in the picturesque village of Bonsall.

A six-strong team of women have set out to create a small, friendly event that will nurture Derbyshire artists and give them a step up as they seek to develop their work.

“We are different from existing art trails,” says chair of the organising group Amanda Graham. “We care about promoting and supporting local artists by giving them the chance to take part in a small, friendly and affordable trail, which we hope will have a lasting impact.

“We are all practising artists or art enthusiasts ourselves and we are all based in or around Bonsall, which is close to Cromford. 

“We felt there is a gap in what is currently available. Most of the trails were set up between five and ten years ago and they have grown from the small events they were to begin with. 

“We plan to go back to the roots of the idea of art trails and we have no interest in getting too big. 

“We want it to stay a cosy event where artists are encouraged and supported,” she added.

The event will be utilising most of the community buildings in Bonsall as well as some village residents’ homes. There will be music and workshops and other venues such as the pubs will be getting involved.

The trail will be on April 4 and 5, from 10am-4pm,  and the team are currently inviting applications from artists in any medium.  It will be a curated trail so not everyone who applies will be accepted, but they hope to eventually attract upwards of 50 artists to the event each year.

n For more details go to bonsallartstrail.org or to their Facebook page. 

If you want to speak to someone then contact Amanda on 07881 021742. And if you want to run a workshop, or you happen to live in Bonsall and you would like to host an artist then contact Claire Taylor on 07989 597811.