Belper Arts Trail

Belper Arts Trail

Belper Arts Trail was a Bank Holiday weekend full of sunshine and visitors. Art was everywhere from cafes, to shops to the Methodist Church where I was based with four other artists.

For this one weekend every May, the Derbyshire market town becomes a destination and a showcase for contemporary artists. As with all art festivals, it is an important event that allows artists and art lovers to meet one another. Visitors come to see artwork up close, to get to know the artists and craft people, and to buy art and crafts directly.

Belper Art Trail Weekend.

Also, a highlight of the event is the opportunity to explore the town’s properties. Kind-hearted shops, businesses and community buildings open up to artists and craftspeople for use as art galleries. This means artists exhibit in a wide range of buildings, from churches, to old mills and historic old buildings.

Kate Dawes Studio at Belper Art Trail.

I was located in the impressive Methodist Church which was also busy serving up cups of tea and homemade cake to visitors. There was even live music on both days to keep people entertained.  

I was situated around the altar which the church kindly let me take over. The building was light and airy which helped visitors enjoy all the artwork. 

Kate Dawes Studio Artwork & Giclee Prints.

It was fun to chat with visitors and to explain my process of creating my hybrid art. 

My wide range of print sizes, which now runs from petite framed 6 x 4″ giclee prints to large 1.2 x .9m canvases also meant my work was accessible for people with all sizes of rooms and budgets.

I am delighted to have been part of the Belper Art Trail – a big thank you to the organisers and to all the art trail goers.

I'll soon be exhibiting at the Bonsall Art Trail, Derbyshire on 29th and 30th June.

Take a look at my Kate Dawes Studio website for more of my work or please just get in touch if you’ve any queries or questions.

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