Well, we achieved what we set out to do… put Art by local professional artists into shop windows and extend the food festival.

With 3 days to go, we have been reflecting on what we could do better next year and gathering information from the artists about what they would like for next year (and if they want to take part next year!)

I had a serendipitous moment yesterday, while browsing in Oxfam, someone came in and asked if the artwork was for sale. So I gatecrashed the conversation and took their number, passing it onto the artist. The Art Trails first sale.

So we are now busily collating our evidence, evaluating our performance, and excitedly looking forward to Mondays meeting of the Festival Committee.

Tired, but happy.


Andrew has been working incredibly hard organising trail guides, supporting artists with installation, making posters, and then just as we thought it was all done… Ta Dah! We secured The Belper River Gardens as a venue to do Andrews interactive performance of The Snee Snaw (his ACE funded project) It feels like the icing on the cake as far as bringing contemporary art to Belper.

So heres a link to the page with the guides on it, a guide to all the artists, a guide for your smart phone and a map (by me) of all the venues.


And on Sunday (the 17th) we get to relax and take part in the Food and Ale Festival, knwoing that our hard work has been worth it.


Only a couple of weeks to go, and everything is running smoothly.. except I haven’t acually made any work to show! I’ve been busy helping another artist out on their project, starting a couple of commissions and build my new studio… So I may not have anything to show.

But everything else is going steadily, I called round at one of the artists house last week and her kitchen has been overtaken by fabric and plastic bags, and we all kept talking to her piece of work, it was as if the memory was in the room with us.

We’re looking forward to actually getting the work in the windows, and seeing everthing in place after months of just talking. And being able to put actual real pictures on here of everyones work will also be good.