Last year’s first ever Ceredigion Art Trail was such a big success that it is to be repeated from August 17 to September 1 in 2013
Nearly 4,000 visitors were attracted by a series of co-ordinated events designed to showcase the skills and talents of Ceredigion’s artists and craftspeople and make art exciting and accessible to all.
More than 100 artists and craftspeople took part, covering a range of skills and disciplines, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, performance, wood, stone, photography, and jewellery.
Tourists made up a third of those attending the events, rising to 50 per cent in North Ceredigion.
The Art Trail included opportunities to visit 32 artists’ studios, quirky and unusual display spaces, commercial galleries, chapels, shops, cafes, pubs – anywhere an artist could make a statement – and 10 outdoor events.
Artists, who funded, organised and managed events with support from local businesses, reported increased sales, commissions, new students signing up for art classes and new opportunities being shared through increased networking.
The organisers were delighted by the positive feedback received, including that from local organisations, such Menter Teifi and the Ceredigion Council and there were 40 local sponsors.
Most visitors found out about the Art Trail through word of mouth and by reading a booklet, which was picked up in B&Bs, hotels, shops and a variety of venues. There was also widespread local and national publicity.
“There were lots of constructive comments for improvements and all lessons learnt will be used to make 2013 Ceredigion Art Trail more accessible and exciting,” said Alison Lochhead, one of the organisers.
“Artists are drawing up plans to improve and fine tune the Art Trail, fundraising events are planned and ways of working more closely with sponsors are being developed. New artists are registering and we are considering lots of ideas for different events to enjoy.
“We are looking forward to working with Ceredigion Council to gain mutual support for developing tourism and raising the profile of the superb body of artists in the county.
“Tracing the Art Trail through winding roads and stunning countryside offered an unparalleled opportunity to explore this magical and intensively creative county first hand.
“The Art Trail has begun the journey of sharing with the wider public the wealth of creative talent within Ceredigion.”
Forms will soon be available in the website www.ceredigionarttrail.org.uk for anyone wishing to register for the 2013 Art Trail or contact person Paula Rylatt at firstname.lastname@example.org.