Grantham’s new Arts Trail, taking place on 14 and 15 September as part of Imagineer Productions ‘Bridge’ project, is giving artists in the area a chance to exhibit and sell work in a variety of locations around the town.
The Arts Trail is a new initiative supported by InvestSK and for its first year, will be part of ‘Bridge’, an outdoor arts, engineering and social change project which aims to attract between 1,000 to 3,000 visitors to the town.
Grantham based organiser and artist Dawn Wesselby said: “The aim is to give artists the opportunity to show their work, network with other artists and introduce people to new spaces. By making this year’s Trail part of the Bridge Project, we hope to achieve a good level of footfall and make it a great day out for visitors.”
Venues supporting the Arts Trail include Wyndham Park Visitor Centre, St Wulfram’s Church and Grantham Museum.
Dawn said: “There are limited opportunities for people to exhibit and sell work in Grantham so this is about opening up unusual spaces for that purpose, similar to Belper Arts Trail – an event which started in 2014 and is now hugely successful.”
Exhibitor fees are £20, which includes space in one of the participating venues, inclusion in the Arts Trail visitor programme and a page on the website.
The trail will also include programmed elements as part of the Bridge project which aims to share stories of bridge-building and making a difference. Bridge events will be taking place around Grantham and South Kesteven from Saturday 7 to Sunday 15 September, with a large-sale outdoor performance on and around a large bridge structure in Grantham Market Place on Saturday 14 September.
Grantham Bridge producer Claire Carrington said: “Bringing art into community venues stops it from being something that happens behind closed doors in exclusive spaces.
“Art is for everyone and this will hopefully inspire people to get creative and get involved.”
InvestSK is supporting this initiative as an ongoing event that will help promote local talent and bring visitors to the area.
For more information and to download an Arts Trail application form, visit www.granthamarts.org
For more information on the ‘Bridge’ Project, visit www.imaginebridge.co.uk
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