Kirkstall Art Trail 2018

Deadline: 30/03/2018  |  Venue: Various private houses, public and community spaces in the Kirkstall area  |  City: Leeds  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Louise Mortimer

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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, 21st and 22nd July, venues throughout Kirkstall will host a variety of exhibitions, free workshops and activities suitable for all ages and abilities. Now in its fourth year, KAT 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 Art Trail is a free event which aims to inspire local engagement with the arts and celebrates the creative talent in and around Kirkstall. It is organised entirely by local volunteers with a passion for arts and community.

Each year a wide variety of venues across Kirkstall open their doors and become exhibition spaces and workshop venues for just 2 days. Last year’s venues included Kirkstall Abbey, a unit at Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park, a camper van, an allotment, an office, a pub and a selection of private residences and studios. In 2017 we had over 1000 visitors over the weekend, taking part in workshops, talking to artists and exploring the area!

This year our main site will be Kirkstall Abbey where the committee will be on hand to welcome visitors and volunteers.

For the 2018 event, we are looking for:

·       Artists and makers to exhibit and sell their work

·       Creative organisations to showcase their talent

·       Artists to run drop-in workshops for all age groups and those aimed specifically at young people in the 11-18 age group.

·       Volunteers to help prepare resources for the art trail before the event and/or for general support on or before the day

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. We can provide some funding for materials required for workshops and demonstrations.

This year we are seeking workshop providers for drop-in workshops focussed on young people aged 11-18, as we would like to boost the participation of this age range. If funding is secured we hope to be able to offer two providers £100 per day plus materials. We would also be very interested to hear from any artist wiling to work with a local secondary school to deliver a project.

Please choose the relevant application form (artist, workshop, volunteer) from the drop down menu to make your application.


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
KAT 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.
When is the deadline?
Friday 30th March
How many works can I submit?
Please submit up to 4 examples of your work at this stage. The quantity you can exhibit at the art trail will depend on the scale of your work and the space allocated. We aim to match artists with host venues suited to the nature of their work
When will work be installed?
Most venues will require installation on the morning of Saturday 21st July from approx 9am onwards depending on the nature of the venue. Some venues may allow access before this date.
Shortly after the deadline we will begin the process of matching artists to venues. As soon as we have notified you of your venue we would encourage you to make contact and begin discussing arrangements.
When do I need to collect my work?
Artist will be required to remove their work when the trail finishes at 5pm on Sunday 22nd July.
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for participation. Access to all venues, exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops is free.
Are there payments to artists?
Whilst there are no charges or payments to artists, artists are welcome to sell their work and all proceeds go directly to the artist.
If our funding application is successful we are hoping to be able to offer payment of £100 each to two artists to run a day workshop for young people aged 11-18, as this is an identified target group for this year.
We can support artists by meeting the material costs of workshops or demonstrations if requirements are detailed in the application.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
The trail will be from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday 21st July and Sunday 22nd July.
Does the location have disabled access?
Unfortunately, due to the variety and nature of our venues we cannot confirm that they will all have disabled access.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Last year we publicised the opportunity online and through local press . We place posters and flyers in local venues, particularly those of a creative nature and use social media including twitter, facebook and website.

We will also publicise the art trail in the Kirkstall Festival programme as we have done in previous years, this programme is given to 3,000 local people the weekend before the trail is due to take place. We plan to have a larger presence at the festival this year to increase our visibility and promote the trail.
Do I need to be present?
We ask that our artists engage with the public as much as they can and this is best achieved through artists attending on the days of the trail. Exceptions can be made for community groups and schools.
Where will my venue be listed?
In the paper and on-line map.
The map will be on the homepage for you to download and will be available at all of our venues and central information point (Kirkstall Abbey) across the weekend.
How do you decide on proposals?
We will prioritise artists and makers based in West Leeds and the surrounding areas.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
You will be notified within a month of the closing date.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
Artist, makers, schools and creative organisations are all welcome to apply. In previous years artists at all stages of their careers have been included and we welcome applications from emerging artists and those new to the trail.
We are specifically seeking individuals this year whose work or approach would boost the engagement of young people aged 11-18.
What is an Art Trail
A number of venues across the local area will become temporary spaces for art exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations and for a short period of time they will open their doors to visitors. These venues could be a variety of things for example: private residences, empty shop units, cafes, restaurants or gardens. As a visitor you will be given a map of locations and artists which you can use to explore the trail at your own pace. Kirkstall Art Trail takes place over two days so you can decide whether to visit the sites over both days or see them all in one day.
Where will the art trail take place?
Kirkstall Art Trail will take place across a number of venues in central Kirkstall. By central Kirkstall we mean the area within the outer sites of Kirkstall Educational Cricket Club, Hollybush Conservation Centre and Kirkstall Abbey. A map will be published prior to the event and will be available on our website and at all venues over the weekend. The central information point in 2018 will be Kirkstall Abbey where our committee will be based to help and advise you.
What kind of artwork will be exhibited?
The art exhibited will be from visual artists who are local to West Leeds and the areas that surround this. Some will be from early career artists and others will have much more experience of selling and exhibiting their work. We aim to showcase a variety of talent so we are confident there will be something to suit all tastes.

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