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 take place over two days so you can decide whether to spread the site over both days or see them all in one day.
Where is it?
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 2017 will be Kirkstall Abbey where our committee will be based to help and advise you.
When is it?
The trail will be from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday 15th July and Sunday 16th July.
When will the map be available?
The map is available here 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.
Do I need to pay?
Access to all venues, exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops is free.
Will the artwork be for sale?
Most art being exhibited will be for sale and all proceeds go directly to the artist. If you are unsure if a piece is for sale please ask the artist on the day. You may need to arrange to collect bigger pieces after the exhibition closes.
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.
Is it suitable for children and families?
Yes, we aim to make the trail as inclusive and welcoming to families as possible. Along the trail there will be a number of creative activities suitable for all ages. You and your family will have the opportunity to create artwork together which you can take with you or collect at another time over the weekend.
Do the venues have disabled access?
Unfortunately, due to the variety and nature of our venues we cannot confirm that they will all have disabled access.
Where can I park?
Some of our venues do have parking available but restrictions and charges may apply. There is some on street parking available in the local area.
How do I get there on public transport?
Kirkstall Abbey is our central information point so it would be advisable to head here. There are several buses you can take from the city centre including 757, 33, 33A that will take you straight to the Abbey. If you would prefer to catch a train, the closest station is Headingley and there will be a number of venues around here that you can also collect a map.
How long will the trail take?
This depends on how many of the venues you visit, if you take part in any of the free workshops/activities taking place and how long you spend doing them.