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Regional artists lead the way to their work with exhibitions in some unexpected places<br/>On the trail of art
Its not unusual these days to see art work exhibited in many different public places other than galleries but organisers of the Ilkley Art Trail have gone one better this month by using a Victorian dolls house to show mini-art by local artists.
The art trail, now in its second year, leads to the work of 48 artists at 28 different venues around the town including the dolls house. Organisers Lorna Bird and Lucia Smith are responsible for hunting out the different exhibition spaces and describe the dolls house as a fun addition to the trail.
Lorna, director of the Ilkley Gallery, says her mission is to support regional artists and raise the profile of visual arts in Ilkley all year round.
The Ilkley Gallery uses non-gallery space such as wine bars, restaurants, hotels, offices, even a brewery loading bay to exhibit local and regional artists.
We curate solo and group exhibitions bringing art to people socialising and going about their daily business, reaching people who might not normally enter a traditional gallery space for whatever reason, says Lorna.
One of the trail artists has worked with organisers to research little known sites of special artistic interest in Ilkley which will be featured in an intricate paper cut-out map of Ilkley. The original piece of work will be shown at the Manor House and prints will be available.
A pop-up shop on The Grove in the town centre will also exhibit work during the nine day event. The grounds of nearby Craiglands Hotel will host a 3D makers event with jewellers, ceramic workers, glass and hat makers. And Christchurch, the Methodist church in the town, will feature six painters.
Space big enough for the work of sculptor and artist Kate Johnson couldnt be found so will be presented in a slide show instead. Her larger than life work Man and Machine built with fused Perspex sheets at Bradford University will be available for viewing by arrangement with the artist.
More than 3,000 people followed the trail in its first year last year earning over 12,000 for local artists. The event this year takes place October 6th-14th. For more information visit ilkleyarttrail.org.uk