Henley Arts Trail
The Henley Arts Trail returns for its 14th year for the largest trail to date
4 – 6 May 2019 – May Bank Holiday weekend
Covering an area of 50 square miles of beautiful countryside, the Henley Arts Trail takes place over the May bank holiday (4-6 May 2019). It showcases the vibrant visual arts and crafts scene from a swathe of Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
With nearly 300 participating artists and makers at 33 venues, the 2019 event is the largest to date. Now in its 14th year the trail attracts over 10,000 visitors over the long holiday weekend.
Bordered by Bix in the north, Twyford in the south and taking in Shiplake, Sonning, Hurst and Waltham St Lawrence, the trail sees the doors of artists’ studios, garden sheds, garages and village halls flung open to reveal the wealth of artistic talent in the area.
From skilled amateurs to award winning professionals, the trail covers the full gamut of arts and crafts. Larger than life sculptures, sit alongside delicate jewels; abstracts are juxtaposed against detailed botanical art.
New and returning venues for 2019 include Phoenix Textiles (Twyford), Ceramics and Wood: Works (Henley) and The Coach House Works (Hare Hatch). As many of the venues are in the villages dotted near the Thames, the trail offers a superb opportunity to explore the Spring countryside. All venues are free, with no obligation to buy and artists will welcome guests to talk about their work.
Whether visiting only a couple of venues or attempting all 33, it couldn’t be easier to follow the trail,. Visit www.henleyartstrail.com to download a map of the route – or pick up a leaflet from local newspapers, village newsletters or libraries.
Organiser, Jo Keiller, says: “The standard of work on show is exceptional. Where else can you see the work of an artist who exhibits internationally, alongside emerging talent taking part in their first show? Talent is often hidden in spare rooms and garages, so the trail gives artists the chance to connect with the public and the public to discover new and exciting makers.”
Many venues offer refreshments; some have demonstrations or workshops for visitors who want to have a go themselves, and all provide a stimulating and thoroughly enjoyable experience. In 2018 the trail venues also raised nearly £1000 for local charities.
About The Trail
Since its inception in 2006 the Henley Arts Trail has grown into a regular feature of the cultural and social calendar of Henley on Thames. Kate Findlay, Judith Fletcher and Kirsten Jones set up the first Henley Arts Trail in 2006. Check the venue pages on www.henleyartstrail.com for opening hours of each venue. Look out for the pink ‘Arts Trail’ signs on roadsides and coloured bunting outside each venue.
A few facts:
– Nearly 300 artists
– 33 venues
– 30,000 brochures distributed
– In excess of 10,000 people visited in 2018
The Henley Arts Trail is sponsored by Lady Sew and Sew, The Henley School of Art, Buratta’s at the Royal Oak and Grapevine Estate Agents
Download a trail map at www.henleyartstrail.com