Kirkstall Art Trail 2017

Deadline: 31/03/2017

City: Leeds  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Kirkstall Art Trail

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Kirkstall Art Trail is an annual celebration of art in the community, featuring local artists and creative organisations. For two days, venues throughout Kirkstall will host a variety of exhibitions, free workshops and activities suitable for all ages and abilities.

Kirkstall Art Trail began in 2015. Now in its third year, the Art Trail is looking for artists, makers and creative organisations based in West Leeds and the surrounding areas to take part in the weekend-long celebration of creativity. By West Leeds and the surrounding areas, we mean: Kirkstall, Horsforth, Headingley, Burley, Hyde Park, Armley, Bramley, Calverley, Farnley, Farsley, Pudsey, Rodley and Wortley.


The trail is a free event which aims to inspire local engagement with the arts and celebrates the creative talent in and around Kirkstall. In 2016 we had over 1000 visitors over the weekend, taking part in workshops, talking to artists and exploring Kirkstall on a gnome hunt! 

Each year a variety of venues across Kirkstall open their doors as exhibition spaces and workshop venues. Last year’s venues included a barge on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, Kirkstall Abbey, a unit at Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park and the local cricket club. 

For the 2017 event, we are looking for:

  • Artists and makers to exhibit and sell their work 
  • Creative organisations to showcase their talent 
  • Volunteers to help over the weekend

The Art Trail offers a unique opportunity to exhibit and sell your work in an unusual venue and we would like applicants to think outside the box when it comes to displaying their work. Our venues are very different to a gallery setting and work cannot simply be hung on walls. We ask that our artists engage with the public as much as they can and we encourage artists to give demonstrations or lead workshops/activities relating to their practice. 


Please read the FAQ section for more details about your submission and if you have any other queries please contact us through CuratorSpace.

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
This opportunity is open to artists, designers, makers and creative organisations based in Kirkstall and the surrounding areas
When is the deadline?
The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 31st March 2017
How many works can I submit?
You can exhibit as many works as you like in the Art Trail, depending on the space you are allocated. We only want to see 5 images as part of your application.
How much does it cost?
Kirkstall Art Trail is free to enter and we do not charge commission for any work you sell over the weekend. You are responsible for any cash handling and payments for the sale of work during the Art Trail
Are there payments to artists?
No payment will be made to artists taking part in the Art Trail
Is there a private view / opening?
No, there will not be a private view for the Art Trail. It will open to the public at 11am on Saturday 15th July
What are the exhibition opening hours?
The Art Trail will be open 11am to 5pm on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July. You will be expected to at the venue during this time to talk to visitors about your work. You can arrange cover with other artists and hosts at your venue for comfort breaks throughout the day
Does the location have disabled access?
Some venues on the Art Trail will have disabled access; please let us know in advance if you have any special requirements so we can allocate venues accordingly
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
The event will be publicised through our website and social media. We also advertise across Leeds in print and online
Do I need to be present?
Yes, artists are required to be with their work for the duration of the Art Trail weekend, 11am to 5pm on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July. You will be expected to at the venue during this time to talk to visitors about your work. Comfort breaks should be arranged with your fellow artists and hosts
Where will my venue be listed?
Artists will be advised on their venue by the beginning of June. The venues and artists will also be listed on the Art Trail map which will be available at all venues and online through our website
How do you decide on proposals?
We decide on proposals based on your location and quality of the work using the images submitted with your application. Where relevant any experience working with the public to deliver creative activities will be taken into consideration
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will contact you through Curator Space if your proposal is chosen. We will then contact you with further details and an artist’s contract
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
We are looking for a variety of proposals for exhibitions, artist’s demonstrations and workshops. Ideally these should suitable for all age groups including families with young children
What is the selection criteria?
We select works based on your location, quality of work and suitability for the event
When do I set up and take down my work?
All exhibition spaces must be prepared to be open to the public by 10.45am on Saturday 15th July. You are required to remain with your work for the duration of the Art Trail opening hours. You will need to take your work down after 5pm on Sunday 16th July when the Art Trail has closed to the public

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